By George Zuniga/Citystyle Editor/@GeorgeZLBCC

With a 45-39 defeat to the Irvine Valley College Lasers the Vikings women’s basketball season came to a close on Wednesday, March 2, in the playoffs at the Hall of Champions Gym.

After a heavy-handed, aggressive approach into the first half, the Vikings finished with a final score of 39 points, one of the lowest recorded averages for this season.

Guard Taylor Smith, said, “We fell short this time. We tried our best, so they were just the better team tonight.” Smith led the team, along with guard Imani Johnson.

Coach Michael Anderson, said, “We got in foul trouble early.” Fouls become common within the entirety of the game from both teams. A total of 19 personal fouls were recorded during the game’s length for the Vikings, with 18 for the Lasers.

Anderson said, “We’re done. We got out-rebounded, which has only happened less than five times the whole year. We didn’t score points in the paint, which is what we do all year long and we missed 40 shots. Defensively, we played well enough to win. It just didn’t work tonight.”

With their victory at Long Beach City College, Irvine Valley College will move on to the regional final at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, March 5.