GLENDALE — Glendale Community College women’s basketball Coach Monica Hang explained her team’s struggles in the second half of Saturday’s game by stating that the Vaqueros were fatigued from trying to erase a 13-point deficit.
Susana Rascon, Hang’s starting guard, was more candid.
“We fell apart,” the sophomore said.
The Vaqueros rallied behind Rascon to take a second-half lead, but Glendale College’s poor shot selection and lapses on defense allowed visiting Los Angeles Valley College to escape with a 52-48 Western State Conference Southern Division victory.
“We seemed anxious in the second half, like we did in the beginning of the game,” Rascon said.
At the outset of the game, the Vaqueros (9-13, 2-5 in the division) seemed sluggish as well.
Glendale College was scoreless for the first five minutes of the half, missing six straight shots and committing seven turnovers. L.A. Valley (6-14, 3-4) took advantage of the Vaqueros’ sloppy play, building a 16-3 lead just 10 minutes into the contest.