Sports Roundup: An inside look at Moorpark College sports | Nov. 18-25


Breanna Calhoun puts up a three pointer during Moorpark's matchup against Palomar College during the Crossover Tournament on Friday, Nov. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Jesse Destocki and Dominic D'Amico

Women’s Basketball

From Nov. 22-23, the Moorpark College Women’s Basketball team hosted and competed in the 2019 Moorpark College Crossover Tournament, playing against both Palomar College and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

On the first day of the tournament, the Moorpark Raiders bested the previously undefeated Palomar Comets in a hard-fought victory. Moorpark led for most of the game, but Palomar kept pace, preventing Moorpark from extending their lead beyond 12 to 15 points.

With about 5:30 left in the match, Palomar surged to narrow the gap to a 63-62 Moorpark lead. Luckily for fans, the Raiders’ managed to fend off the Comets’ advance, winning the game with a final score of 75-66.

After the game, Moorpark College guard Jazzy Carrasco spoke in regards to how the Raiders’ prepared to face Palomar, stating, “They were a tough team, they were undefeated, we were undefeated, so it was a good game … We were just hoping for a win, we wanted it, we practiced for it.”

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Jazzy Carrasco, 21, waits a moment before initiating the offense during Moorpark's game against Palomar College on Friday, Nov. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

In the second day of the tournament, Moorpark battled against Los Angeles Trade Technical College at home on Nov. 23. Moorpark brought home a win yet again with a final score of 97-73.

Sophomore forward Britt Van Buren scored 21 points, nabbed 20 rebounds and shot an impressive 9-15 overall, while Carrasco contributed on the offensive side, leading Moorpark in scoring with 26 points while shooting an impressive 6-10 from the three-point line. Moorpark College sophomore guard Breanna Calhoun contributed on both ends of the floor, acquiring 20 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, along with six steals.

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Sophomore Britt Van Buren battles to get the shot during Moorpark's matchup against Palomar College on Friday, Nov. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Moorpark’s Head Coach Kenny Plummer emphasized the importance of rebounding and defense stating, “We need to continue to sharpen our defensive approach, get better on the rebounding side of the ball and continue to identify areas of improvement both individually and collectively.”

Moorpark Women’s Basketball will play Merced College on Dec. 5 in an away game, Fresno City College in an away game on Dec. 6 and play West Hills College Lemoore in an away game on Dec. 7.