The game was dedicated to coach Dyan Miller.
Miller, who has been away from the team since the recent death of mother, would have been proud of the way her team played on defense in their 63-50 win against Citrus College on Feb. 9.
Using mainly a 2-2-1 press, Glendale forced Citrus into 21 turnovers, and into taking a variety of bad shots, and air balls. Citrus went 6:43 without scoring in the first half,
“I’m a defensive coach,” said assistant coach Dave Wilder, who is also the softball coach at GCC. ” I believe that if you play defense, you can play with anybody.”
However, Glendale didn’t light up the scoreboard on offense either. Glendale committed 20 turnovers, and missed many easy lay-ups.
On offense, freshman Kelly Patterson led Glendale (9-18, 2-7) with 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
With Glendale leading 43-30 in the second half, Citrus (6-18, 0-8) went on a 16-5 run to cut the lead to two, to set the stage for Patterson. Patterson scored Glendale’s next 12 points, outscoring Citrus 12-2 to give Glendale a 58-48 lead with 3:38 left in the game.
“I didn’t pick it up until the second half,” Patterson said. “First half I wasn’t looking for my shot. Second half I tried to shove it inside more.”
Glendale got huge contributions from three other freshmen. Ashika Lakhan had 14 points and four rebounds. Judy Lee had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and three steals. Denisha Mccoy had 10 points, 11 assists 6 rebounds.
Both of Glendale’s conference wins have come against Citrus. Glendale defeated Citrus 73-58 on Jan. 19.