Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chargers Hold on to Beat Coast

Cypress got back in the win column with a 66-60 victory over Orange Coast at home.
Samantha Soria
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College (15-8, 5-1) bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with an impressive 60-54 victory over a tough Orange Coast College squad at home.

The Chargers held the lead for much of the game and may have won by a larger margin, but the tenacious Pirates wouldn't give up until the final buzzer. A late couple of buckets by OCC made it a little closer than Cypress head coach Margaret Mohr would have liked, but the Chargers were able to hold off the Pirates to close out the first half of Orange Empire Conference play with a 5-1 mark in league play and share of first place in the standings.

Samantha Soria was the only Charger to score in double digits with her team-high 13 points. She also added a team-leading 4 steals for Cypress on the defensive side of the ball. Sloan Turner finished with nine points and nine boards, and Tera Salhus had one of her best scoring games of the year with eight points on 3 of 4 shooting from the floor, and pair of shots from the free throw line.

As a team, Cypress shot 46.8% from the field, while collecting 38 rebounds. Defensively, the Chargers held OCC to 30.9% shooting for the game, and forced 22 turnovers by the Pirates.

Cypress will open the second half of its Orange Empire Conference schedule with a road matchup against Riverside Community College. The game will be held at Cal Baptist with a the tip scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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