Saddleback women’s basketball star Justin Chacon was named to the Orange Empire Conference First Team this week as the coaches all collected over the weekend at the year-end conference meeting. Chacon was joined by Audri Sargent, who was named to the second team.
Chacon finished fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 13.2 points-per-game during the course of the season. She scored in double-figures 21 times, including the last 10 games of the season. Chacon had a season high of 26 points against Cerritos College on December 16 and led the conference with 60 three-pointers made.
Sargent joined Chacon with all conference recognition when it was announced she was selected to the second team. She finished 15th in the conference in scoring, averaging 9.9 points-per-game. Sargent was 5th in the conference with seven rebounds-per-game and had a season high 18 points against both Los Angeles Southwest College (12/4) and Irvine Valley College (1/27).
The Saddleback women were playing for pride on Friday night at Saddleback Gymnasium and a win over their cross-town rival would even their season record at 15-15. The Gauchos played with intensity for 40 minutes in scoring a 59-56 President’s Cup win over the Lasers.
Saddleback received 18 points from sophomore Justin Chacon in holding of an IVC second half charge. Leading by as many as 11 in the second half, the Gauchos got a tough break when starting power forward Audri Sargent fouled out of the game with 11:26 remaining, up by six. Chacon then took control for Saddleback, driving the lane and picking up two key assists down the stretch while making 8-of-12 free throws for the night.
Saddleback finishes the regular season at 15-15 overall and 5-7 in Orange Empire Conference play. The Gauchos are unlikely to receive a playoff berth when the pairings are announced on Sunday.
Irvine Valley finishes the regular season 20-7 overall and 6-6 in OEC play.
The Saddleback women kept its dim playoff hopes alive with a 57-49 win over Santa Ana College on Wednesday night at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos are now at 14-15 on the season with one game remaining on Friday night against inter-district rival Irvine Valley College.
Saddleback led for most of the game but had a hard time pulling away from the gritty Dons. The Gauchos briefly fell behind 30-26 with 15 minutes remaining in the game before going on a 9-0 run over a three minutes span to grab a five point lead.
Justin Chacon led Saddleback with 19 points on a night when both teams were cold from the floor. Chacon was 6-of-19 from the field, making just 3-of-15 three-pointers on a night where the Gauchos made only 5-of-31 from behind the arc.
Saddleback will finish the regular season on Friday night at home. Game time is 5:30 PM.
The Saddleback women’s team played hard for 40 minutes but were unable to make up a big halftime deficit in losing to Cypress College, 70-64, on Friday night at Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos trailed by nine at the half and once got the lead down to one in falling one game below .500 on the season.
Justin Chacon led a furious comeback for Saddleback, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field. Chacon made good on 4-of-9 three pointers, giving the Gauchos hope after shooting just 27% in the first half of play.
Cypress freshman Micaela Pickens was nearly unstoppable for most of the night, finishing with 26 points before leaving with an injury with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The Chargers shot 46% from the field for the night.
Saddleback falls to 13-14 overall and 3-6 in Orange Empire Conference play with the loss and will play again next Friday when they travel to Riverside for a game with the Tigers at 5:30 PM.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team played tough all night, but in the end it was Fullerton that had too many weapons in beating the Gauchos, 65-51. Saddleback held the game close against the No. 2 rated team in the state for the first half of play before the Hornets made a run in the second half to improve to 23-1.
The Gauchos led for a good portion of the first 20 minutes as sophomore Justin Chacon kept the Hornets in sight, scoring 10 of her team-high 18 points over the first 20 minutes. Chacon finished 6-of-12 from the field on a night when the team shot just 33% from the field.
Fullerton was rugged on the glass, outrebounding Saddleback 44-35 for the night. Destainee Hollis-Rudison and Ashleigh Adams led the Hornets with six rebounds apiece as Fullerton shot 52% from the field in the second half of play.
Saddleback fell to 12-13 on the season and 2-5 in Orange Empire Conference play with the loss. The Gauchos will play again on Wednesday night when they travel to Orange Coast College to take on the Pirates at 5:30 PM.
The women’s basketball team looked like a team on a mission on Wednesday night, defeating No. 12 Irvine Valley College 68-65. The Gauchos trialed by one at halftime before scoring 40 points in the second half, giving IVC just its fourth loss of the season.
The trio of Audri Sargent, Brittney Solomon and Justin Chacon combined to score 40 points as the Gauchos shot 46% from the field in evening their record at 12-12 on the season. Most importantly, Saddleback improved to 2-4 in conference play and would love to squeak into the top half of the Orange Empire Conference standings, looking to qualify for the playoffs in late February.
Sargent finished 7-of-15 from the field and also led the Gauchos with six rebounds on the night. Solomon led a Saddleback defensive attack that forced Irvine Valley into 18 turnovers, finishing with five steals on the night. Chacon had a balanced night all around, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Saddleback will play again on Friday night when they host one of the top teams in the state, No. 2 Fullerton College (22-1, 6-0), at 5:30 PM.
The Saddleback women’s basketball game played arguably its best half of basketball on Monday night at the gymnasium but came up short in losing to Riverside College, 84-72. The Gauchos hung tough for most of the game with one of the top teams in Southern California before falling to the No. 12 Tigers.
Saddleback played likely its best half of basketball over the first 20 minutes when it battled Riverside to a 42-40 deficit at the break. The Gauchos shot 52% over the first 20 minutes, led by the hot hands of Justin Chacon and Brittney Solomon. Chacon would finish with 24 points on the night to lead a Saddleback attack that finished the game shooting 46% from the field on the night. She made 4-of-9 shots from 3-point range on the night, finishing 10-of-20 from the field. Solomon ended up with 21 points on the evening, making 7-of-8 free throws while leading Saddleback with five steals on the defensive end.
The Gauchos had no answer inside as Riverside used a powerful attack led by Crystal Vasquez, Samera Dorton and Shonique Williams. The threesome combined to score 55 points and grab 29 rebounds for the Tigers, who improved to 17-6 on the season.
Saddleback fell to 11-12 on the season with the loss and will play again on Wednesday night at inter-district rival Irvine Valley College at 7:30 PM.
The Saddleback Gauchos versus Riverside Tigers basketball doubleheader on Wednesday, January 20, will be broadcast live on the Gaucho Sports Network starting at 5:25 PM. Both the men and women’s games will be available for a minimal fee via streaming video for those that cannot make the trip to Mission Viejo.
The women’s game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 PM and has the potential to be a tight battle. The Gauchos (10-10) have been playing better basketball as of late and would nothing more than to upset the No. 13 Tigers (14-5), who have plans of winning an Orange Empire Conference title. The two teams played tight battles in 2008-09, with Riverside winning both times.
The early game will feature a rematch from the men’s state championship game when No. 6 Saddleback (16-3) hosts No. 7 Riverside (14-4). Both teams are primed to make another run at an Orange Empire Conference title in a rivalry that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, as both teams always seem to be in the hunt. Last season Saddleback prevailed in winning the conference title before falling to Riverside in the state title game, 69-60, in overtime.
Saddleback and Riverside can be viewed on the Gaucho Sports Network for a minimal $10 fee by signing up for the broadcast at the following link. The one-time fee will purchase both games of the doubleheader.
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Date: January 20, 2010, 5:25 PM
Game: Saddleback versus Riverside (doubleheader)
Play-by-Play: Brad Hoiseth
Camera: J.W. Hoiseth
The Gauchos played tough to the end but came up short in falling to Orange Coast College, 47-46, on Friday night at Saddleback Gymnasium. Saddleback had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds but came up a point short in a defensive battle.
Johnondra Patterson scored 19 points to lead Saddleback and had a chance to send the game into overtime with 0.03 seconds remaining on the clock. Patterson was fouled in the final seconds but made good on just 1-of-2 free throws, leaving the Gauchos one point short.
Both teams struggled from the field as Saddleback shot 28% from the field while Orange Coast made 36% of its shots. The Gauchos managed just 3-of-22 shooting from 3-point range in the narrow loss.
Saddleback falls to 10-10 on the season and 0-2 in Orange Empire Conference play with the loss. They will play next on Wednesday at Cypress College at 7:30 PM.
The women’s basketball team has a lot of new faces in 2009-10 but are headed in the right direction entering Orange Empire Conference play on Wednesday night. The Gauchos have a rugged test at No. 2 Fullerton College to open conference play but have battled with some of the best during the first eight weeks of the season.
Saddleback enters conference play 10-8 and unranked but has played some of the top competition in Southern California in recent weeks. The Gauchos finished second in the Orange Coast College Tournament over the holiday break, defeating No. 14 Cerritos College in the process. Three of the eight losses on the season for Saddleback on the pre-conference schedule have come against teams ranked in the top-20 in the state.
Fullerton enters the Wednesday night conference-opener at 13-1 overall and rated No. 2 in the state. The lone loss on the season for the Hornets came against No. 1 Ventura College in late November.
Opening tip on Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
The shooting woes for the Saddleback women's basketball team continued in the Grossmont College gym on Wednesday as the Gauchos shot only 25 percent from the floor in a 63-51 loss to Citrus College in the third place game of the Grossmont holiday tournament.
Freshman guard Brittney Solomon (left) came off the bench to score 19 points to lead the offense on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. She converted seven of nine free throw attempts. The only other scorer in double digits was Johnondra Patterson who tallied 11 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Citrus shot 44 percent from the field and held a 32-22 lead at halftime. Saddleback (10-8) will begin Orange Empire Conference play on Wednesday, January 6, at Fullerton before returning home on Friday, January 8, to host Orange Coast College. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. (or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the men's game).
Saddleback will be playing in the third place game of the Grossmont Holiday Tournament after splitting its first two games of the tournament. That game was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Gauchos jumped out to a 10 point lead and rode that lead to a 78-64 victory over Bakersfield in the opening game of the tournament before falling to tournament host Grossmont, 50-47, in the semifinals. In the win over Bakersfield, Johnondra Patterson scored 20 points while Christina Williams added 13 points and seven assists with Jasmine Hamilton adding five steals and six assists. Justine Chacon (12 points) and Audri Sargent (10 points, eight rebounds) also had solid numbers for Saddleback.
In the loss to Grossmont, the Gauchos went stone cold as they made only 26 percent of their shots from the floor (14 of 53) and 56 percent of their shots at the foul line (10 of 18). Chacon led the team with 12 points and Patterson added 10 points but the offense was charged with 20 turnovers in the defeat.
Saddleback had a cold shooting night in the championship game of the Orange Coast Christmas Classic, shooting just 28 percent from the floor (19 of 68) as the Gauchos fell to College of the Canyons, 66-49, in the title tussle.
One the night previous, the Gauchos could do little wrong as they beat Cerritos 80-73 in the semifinal matchup. Justine Chacon scored 26 points and Johnondra Patterson added 18 for the Gauchos offense, while Audri Sargent (pictured left) chipped in with 11 points and dominated the inside game by grabbing 20 rebounds to set up the championship meeting against Canyons.
Both Chacon and Patterson were named to the all-tournament team.
The Saddleback women’s basketball team ran its winning streak to three with a stifling 48-30 win over Cuesta College in the opening round of the Orange Coast Christmas Classic. Johnondra Patterson scored 17 points as the Gaucho defense was dominant, holding the Cougars to just 23% shooting.
Patterson finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals as Saddleback caught fire in the second half after struggling offensively in the first 20 minutes of play. The Gauchos were just 5-of-35 from the field over the first 20 minutes before finding their range. Patterson connected from 3-point range three times in the second half to lead the charge.
Saddleback will play Cerritos College in the semifinals on Saturday night at 5:00 PM. The Falcons were a 72-49 winner over Southwestern College in the opening game of the tournament. The other semifinal will feature College of the Canyons and Orange Coast at 7:00 PM.
The three-game winning streak is the longest winning streak for Saddleback on the season and ran the Gaucho record to 8-5. It was the first three-game winning streak for Saddleback since winning six straight games during the 2007-08 season from January 30 to February 15, 2008.
Cerritos enters the semifinal at 8-6 on the season.
The Saddleback women's basketball team opened the 2009-10 season with a three-day tournament at Mission College in Santa Clara, winning two of its three games to place third in the tournament.
The Gauchos opened the tournament with a 73-54 win over Los Medanos as Johnondra Patterson (left) scored 14 points with Justine Chacon adding 13 and Brittney Solomon chipping in with 11. Saddleback then fell to Monterey Peninsula College in the semifinals, 75-58. Patterson tallied 19 points and Chacon added 13 but the Gauchos were whistled for 30 fouls and committed 26 turnovers. The team bounced back the next day to defeat the host Mission College, 94-89, in overtime. Patterson dropped down 19 points and Solomon added 17 as Saddleback built a 47-34 halftime lead, gave up the lead in the second half, and then outscored Mission 10-6 in the extra period.
Basketball season is just around the corner at Saddleback College and the women’s program is looking for a big turnaround after a season of disappointments in 2008-09. The Gauchos return two players from last season’s team and one from the 2007-08 team, in hopes of rebounding in 2009-10.
Head Coach Fentriss Winn is determined to put together a solid squad this season after suffering through his worst season as the Gaucho coach last season when Saddleback finished 9-18. Previous to last season, Winn had never won less than 21 games as the head coach at Saddleback and he says the team took a long look at what needed to change.
“We had to look at every area of our program to see where we could get better, and maintain the high level of success we are used to,” Winn said. “We looked at staff, recruiting, preparation, student academic performance, and focused on being better in all areas.”
Saddleback returns two players from the 2008-09 team in small forward Johnondra Patterson and guard Jasmine Hamilton. In addition, the Gauchos return guard Justine Chacon from the 2007-08 team, giving Saddleback a lot of experience in the backcourt.
Patterson (5’9) was an All-Orange Empire Conference selection following the 2008-09 season, when she averaged 14 points per game and led the Gauchos with seven rebounds per game.
“She has an amazing vertical jump which allows her to play around the rim where others just can’t go,” Winn said. “She has really put the time in since last year when she was very good, and we expect version two of Jay to be special.”
Hamilton (5’7) made her presence known towards the end of the season, leading the team on the defensive end with 2.1 steals per game and getting her feet wet at the community college level. Coach Winn has high hopes for Hamilton in 2009-10, as she returns to her normal position of off guard after being forced to play point guard due to injuries in 2008-09.
“Jasmine has the ability to be a dominate defender, and gets to the basket as well as anyone we have,” Winn said. “She will play a major role in our success this season, and we are expecting a breakout year for her”
With very few options on the offensive end in 2008-09, Saddleback returns one of the top sharpshooters from the 2007-08 team in Justin Chacon (5’7).
“Chacon is an offensive threat from anywhere on the court,” Winn said. “With superior ball handling skills, we expect her to be among the best players in the state.”
Winn has also been beating the hardwood for freshman, and claims to have one of his top incoming classes of all time.
“We have had the best recruiting year of the five previous years that I have coached here,” Winn said. “We brought in a whole new team of talented kids in every position. One of the keys to our success this season will be our ability to go to anyone on our bench and feel good about it.”
The incoming players include Audri Sargent (6’0), Brittney Salomon (5’6), Christina Williams (5’3), Meaghan Curran (5’10 transfer from Sonoma State), Cherreia Reeves (5’8), Sara Johnson (5’7), Nicole Rice (5’8), Meagan Johnson (6’1), Alex Mullen (6’2) and Kari DePaolo (5’10 transfer from Azusa Pacific).
The Gauchos open the season on November 6 at the Mission College Tournament in Santa Clara, California.