By Will Ranos/ Sports Editor
The Vikings’ women’s basketball team had a short stint in the SoCal Regional Playoffs, losing to the Palomar Comets, 51-45, in the second round. LBCC had the game tied at, 45-45, going into the last 2 minutes and 28 seconds, but Palomar’s Jessica Scott and Keisha Cox were able to make some clutch shots down the stretch. They combined for six points in the final two minutes of the game. The Vikings were given a few opportunities, but they struggled to make free throws down the stretch.
Turnovers and fouls were ultimately what cost the Vikes their season. LBCC had 26 turnovers and sent the Comets to the foul line 22 times where they converted 16 of them. The Vikings made more shots on 13 less attempts, but the mistakes were too much to overcome for the Vikes.
Sophomore center Darshana Taafua, with 15 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Armani Wiley, with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists, were again the leaders for the Vikings.
Despite their loss in the playoffs, the Vikes still had a successful season, finishing 17-11 in the regular season and 5-3 in their conference. Robert Hewitt, ASB representative of athletics, said, “The members of the LBCC women’s basketball team are among the best this state has to off. I believe their performance at the SoCal Regional Playoffs will do nothing less than push them to work harder next season.”