Two Decisive Victories, Then A Loss

Sophomore forward Allysan Tse (right), in action earlier this season, scored 18 points and then 21 points as the Tigers rolled past Temple City and Monrovia in recent games. Photo by Ahmad M. Akkaoui

The South Pasadena High School girls basketball Tigers have improved to 10-11 overall and 2-1 in the Rio Hondo League — thumping Temple City 54-20 on Jan. 15 and then routing Monrovia 66-25 on the road before falling 58-38 to Rancho Cucamonga on Jan. 18 at the Bishop Amat Lancer Winter Classic.

The Tigers dominated from start to finish against Temple City and went up 25-11 at halftime, led by sophomore forward Allysan Tse.

South Pas came out of halftime and continued racking up the points and led by as many as 40 in the second half.

“Temple City is always a really good program, so it was a game we thought would be close throughout,’’ head coach Cody Masden said.

“We just came out of the gate prepared for a close game, and that’s the way we have to play even if it’s not going to turn out that way. We have to go in with that mindset. Our defense has been looking super sharp. Our defense in [the last few games] was really solid, and rotations were really good.”

Tse finished the game with 18 points and senior guard Megan Yee added 14 points.

The Tigers went to Monrovia and did much of the same. Despite a slow-scoring first quarter, the game broke open in the second quarter, when South Pas scored 23 of its 31 first-half points.

South Pas got the Wildcats in foul trouble early and cruised to their 41-point win with help from their bench.

“I think that a big thing was getting the bench involved, because when they came in, they were able to spark us with good energy, they were able to come in and be efficient, and play disciplined defense,” Masden said.

“We play 30 games in a season and always have a year-round offseason, so people get wear and tear damage and injuries come up, so we have to make sure we build the ones on our bench up so they are confident if we need them in games.”

Tse finished with 21 points while senior forward Charlize Kruzic added 12 points and a handful of crafty passes.

The Tigers hosted San Marino on Jan. 22 and play at La Cañada on Jan. 29 at 5:15 p.m.