Foul taste of loss for women

49-59 loss to Marin

Erick Amaya , Staff Writer

The Los Medanos College women’s basketball team hosted the College of Marin in a 49-59 loss on Friday, Feb. 7. The Mustangs’ Bay Valley Conference record changed to 2-8 with the loss to the Mariners. The Mustangs sit in the bottom of the standings with only a handful of games remaining in the season. 

LMC ended the first quarter with a 14-10 lead via points from Sydni Johnson, Arianna Farinas, Rheeza Caoili, and Jeannette Luna. During this quarter, their toughest obstacle was the ability to score; the Mustangs outshot the Mariners, but they could not convert the shots into points. The Mustangs also struggled on the free-throw line with Johnson missing both of her opportunities and Farinas only achieving one of three attempts. 

During the second quarter, the Mustangs’ offense came into play, outscoring the Mariners 14-9, and gained a 28-19 lead at half time. Johnson, Farinas, and Luna all continued scoring with Alexis Gilles adding her name to the scoresheet. Gilles and Johnson led the team in points for the quarter with four points each. 

The Mustangs looked to preserve and extend their lead during the second half of the game, but the Mariners took control of the game early on in the third quarter. The Mariners shut down the Mustangs until Caoili scored a two-pointer with 5:15 remaining in the quarter. The Mustangs only converted four points from Caoili and Ke’ara Perkins. 

Again, the Mustangs struggled to score from the free-throw line; failing to score on six attempts. Farinas, Caoili, and Perkins missed their opportunities from the line. Marin outscored LMC by 18 points, with the score of 32-41 after three periods. 

“Our mindset going into [the second half], we kind of relaxed in the locker room. We started off the second half with a bad mindset, and we switched off,” said Gilles.

LMC looked to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, but came up short with the final score of 49-59. The Mustangs converted five of eight free-throw opportunities with two points coming from Perkins, two from Luna, and one from Johnson. 

The Mustangs end conference play when they visit Contra Costa College Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the women’s basketball team, visit https://www.losmedanos.edu/basketball/womens/index.aspx.