The Irvine Valley women's basketball team turned in its best performance of the early season by winning two of three games and finishing in second place in the Glendale Tournament last weekend.
"We ran into a very good team and a hot shooter in the final, but I was pleased with how we played overall," Irvine Valley Coach Julie Hanks said. "It was a good weekend."
Irvine Valley started the tournament last Friday and defeated Antelope Valley, 60-50. The score was tied late at 44-44 when freshman forward Shomari McCorkle stole the ball and passed to sophomore guard/forward Ashlie Washington for a breakaway lay-up.
Then sophomore forward Megan Blackwell hit a three-pointer to help the Lasers take control.
"It was a huge win," Hanks said. "They were a very tall team and we controlled the boards in the second half."
Blackwell led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds. McCorkle added 13 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
Irvine Valley then defeated LA Southwest for the second time this season, 78-67, in the next round. Five Laser players scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Jackie Fa'asamala had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman forward Dominique Santos finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, McCorkle had 15 points, Blackwell ended with 14 points and freshman guard Amber Wharton contributed 10 points for IVC.
The Lasers took on the third-ranked team in the state, Ventura, in the final on Sunday. Irvine Valley fell, 85-55.
"One of their players (Carlotta Kloppenburg) had nine three-pointers in the first half," Hanks said. IVC fell behind, 54-24, at halftime. "But we played them even in the second half," Hanks said. "They are good, but we fought the whole game and it was a good challenge for the girls."
Wharton finished with 20 points and McCorkle had 10 points and six rebounds for the Lasers.
McCorkle and Wharton were picked to the all-tournament team for the Lasers, who improved their record to 3-3 on the year.
Irvine Valley next plays in the Chaffey Tournament on Dec. 2.