The women’s basketball team at Rio Hondo College could not get their shots to fall in the basket as the Lady Roadrunners lost a tough game down the stretch to Irvine Valley College.
Rio Hondo came in with a record of three wins and four losses and after losing their previous game against Santa Ana College Nov. 22, Head Coach Steve Johnson wanted his team to come out with intensity to start the game.
Just the opposite happened, as Irvine Valley began the game on a 7-0 start and took until the five minute mark for Rio Hondo to scratch and get on the board. They fought back at the end of the first quarter and got within two points of Irvine Valley, with the score 13-11.
A quick 6-0 run by Irvine at the start of the second quarter had them up 19-11 and Coach Johnson had enough when he called a timeout to get his team to focus and execute their plays.
It worked as once again, the Lady Roadrunners climbed back into the game and got within one, the closest they would get in the game and trailed at the half, 27-24.
The third quarter would ultimately decide the game for Rio Hondo, as Irvine outscored Rio 21-12 and multiple runs throughout the quarter would leave the game at 48-36.
The lead extended to 16, the biggest margin in the game and fighting until the end, the Roadrunners made a late run near the end of the fourth quarter to make things interesting.
Playing full court press, Rio managed to come up with steals and scores at the other end to go on a 17-6 run with 33.8 seconds left in the game in a 60-58 game.
A 29 point quarter had them within striking range to go into overtime, but errors on the offensive end ended their chances of coming back in a game that they trailed from beginning to end.
Abysmal shooting from the Roadrunners was one of the leading causes of the game, shooting an overall 38.7% from the field, 4-18 from the three point line and not shooting well from the free throw line, going 13 of 23.
One of the shining spots in the loss was Rio Hondo guard Aliyah Montiel, who finished with 16 points and was also in the passing lanes with her seven steals.
Rio Hondo now has a record of 3-5 and will compete in the Irvine Valley College Tournament Dec. 8-10 and will face three teams on each day.