The Great Eight

The Great Eight

The Mt. SAC Women’s Basketball team comfortably beat College of the Siskiyous 75-54 and clinched their eighth California Community College Athletic Association state title in program history on March 12.

The Mounties won back-to-back state titles for the first time since accomplishing the feat in 2012 and 2013.

Maddeline Dopplick led all scorers with 30 points, 14 of them coming in the second quarter. Dopplick also drained eight of the Mounties’ 10 total 3-pointers. Kali Jones contributed to the effort with eight points and 14 rebounds. Jones also imposed her will on the defensive end with two blocks.

“Bottom line, we took care of business,” Mt. SAC’s Tshlene Bentley said about the team’s performance during the game. “It wasn’t easy, but we’re not used to having it easy.”

The Siskiyous Golden Eagles’ only lead came in the first quarter before the Mounties took the lead. The Golden Eagles managed to cut the lead down to one with nine minutes left in the second quarter after going on a 6-0 run, but the Mounties responded by going on a 60-40 run to win the state title.

The Mounties were able to inflate the lead to 23 points in the fourth quarter. In their first state final appearance, the Golden Eagles found little success due to a myriad of factors.

The Golden Eagles received a 24-point contribution from Melissa Dailey, but it took 29 shots to get them.

The Mounties clearly outsized the Golden Eagles, snatching 52 rebounds to Siskiyous’ 33 rebounds. They had 20 more points in the paint and were able to score 12 more second-chance points than the Golden Eagles.

Mt. SAC’s Caira Benton picked up tournament MVP with a selfless stat-line of three points, three steals, four assists, and eight rebounds.

Mt. SAC’s head coach Brian Crichlow has been a part of the coaching staff for all eight state titles, serving as head coach for each of the last seven state titles.

Mt. SAC rode the momentum of a nine-game winning streak to finish their season with 33 wins and 2 losses. They were 9-1 in conference play.