College of the Siskiyous coach Tom Powers said Saturday’s state semifinal victory over Palomar was “the twins show.”
Twin sisters Melissa and Megan Dailey scored 24 points each as the Eagles surged into Sunday’s California Community College Athletics Association championship game with a 73-51 victory.
Powers, who has close to 850 victories in his coaching career, is in position to win his first state championship.
“Just another win,” Powers said Saturday night from Livermore after the Eagles improved their record to 31-1.
He said it helped that his team, Northern California’s No. 3 seed in the state’s Elite 8, jumped out to a 20-3 first-quarter lead over Palomar, Southern California’s No. 4 seed.
Powers said the Eagles will have to have everything working when they face defending state champion Mt. San Antonio in Sunday’s championship game, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. at Las Positas College.
The Eagles have had a good cheering section for their first two games in the state tournament, and Powers expects even more to show up for the championship game.
The game can be watched via live stream at: www.socalcollegesports.com/cccaabasketballchampionships, as can the CCCAA men’s championship game between Fullerton and San Diego City College at 1 p.m.
Mt. San Antonio (32-2) is the No. 1 seed from Southern California. They defeated South No. 3 Ventura, 67-52, in Saturday’s other women’s Final Four game.
Mt. San Antonio defeated East Los Angeles in last year’s women’s championship game and has won seven state championships since 2004.
Siskiyous defeated South No. 2 East Los Angeles, 93-81, Friday in Livermore.
Against Palomar on Saturday, Megan Dailey and Hannah Thompson both made two 3-pointers as the Eagles bolted to a 14-0 lead with just over 4 minutes to play in the first quarter.
Palomar rallied to cut the lead to 32-25 at half time and 38-35 in the third quarter. Then Thompson and Megan Dailey made back-to-back 3s for a 44-35 Eagle lead and, later in the quarter, Melissa Dailey made back-to-back 3s in rapid succession for a 53-39 Siskiyous lead.
After layups by Destinee Jones and Megan Dailey, the Eagles led 56-39 late in the third quarter.
For the second game in a row, Jones, who scored 6 points, had a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Eagles made 8 of 27 on 3-point attempts, while Palomar was 8 for 41. Palomar was 19 for 77 on field goals overall, while the Eagles were 27 for 65.
Northern California Player of the Year Melissa Dailey had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Thompson, who joined Melissa Dailey on this year’s All-State list, scored 11 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Megan Dailey added 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot.
Elizabeth Derner scored 6 points and Mackenzie Hayden 2.
Gabriela Schmitt had 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
“We have to have our A-game tomorrow,” Powers said of facing Mt. San Antonio for the state championship.