The Vikings fell to Mt. SAC, 78-51, on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The Vikings fell to Mt. SAC, 78-51, on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

By Ed Mahurien

Contributing Writer

Following two losses in seven days, the LBCC Women’s basketball team tumbled three places from fifth to eighth in the latest state basketball rankings published Feb. 11.

The Vikings are 19-4 this season and are led by sophomore forward Talia Rayford.  Coach Michael Anderson said, “I see Taila with infinite possibilities within the next two years. Where ever she goes she will continue to play ball, whether it’s far or local, it all depends on Talia and her dedication to the life she already has established.”

Rayford leads the team in nearly all statistical categories averaging a double-double per game with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and leading the team in assists with 3.6 per game. Returning from the playoff team a year ago is Forward Kaaron King, she has continued her outstanding play from a year ago averaging 10.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Telia Robertson, assistant athletic director said, “The women’s basketball team is doing better than expected, they are much stronger this year with post players.”

Newcomers Shakeena Benton, a freshman guard from Lakewood High is tied with Rayford in points per game with 12. Another freshman from Katella High in Anaheim, Jasmine Williams averages 7.6 points and three rebounds per game. Anderson is well assured that the team will be making it to the playoffs. He said, “We are 19-4 and we have four games left. We are not going to stop until we reach our ultimate goal, which is reaching Sacramento for the championship game.” The Vikings will travel to L.A. Southwest on Saturday, Feb. 16.