“We’ve always been a defense-first team,” Beeman said. “It’s where we build from.” The second half wasn’t any easier for Antelope Valley, who defeated Bakersfield in the second round of the regional playoffs. The Marauders shot just 31 percent from the field and were outscored 38-30 in the second half. Mt. SAC seemed to favor an up-tempo offense over a half-court set as it totaled 32 points off turnovers and just 16 points in the key. “We’re confident in our set offense, but we knew we could pull away by generating turnovers,” Beeman said. With the victory, the Mounties improved to 34-1 and advanced to the Elite 8 in Fresno. “The fan support we get at home is great,” Beeman said. “But we play for love of the game and it doesn’t matter where or who we play.” Despite the lopsided victory, Beeman still feels there is room for improvement. “I’d like to see us do a better job of taking care of the ball, staying out of foul trouble and initiating our set plays,” she said. Sophomore Tonicia Tademy contributed 17 points and eight assists for the Mounties. Hester posted the game’s only double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Lashanna Bridgeforth scored 12 points with four rebounds for Antelope Valley. The victory is Mt. SAC’s fourth consecutive blowout, including a 108-27 victory over L.A. City on February 16. “We won’t lose our competitive edge because we work harder in practice than any other team,” Braxton said. “We’re playing our best basketball of the season right now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mounties followed Masei’s score with a 25-4 run from which Antelope Valley did not recover. The Mounties led 29-17 when sophomore Sam Cardeno stole the ball near mid-court and hit a three-pointer. Tay Hester added another three-pointer on the next possession. After a hook shot by Antelope Valley’s Tracey Wittebolle ended a 14-point run, Braxton found herself open behind the arc on four consecutive possessions. She hit three of the four 3-point attempts to open a 46-21 lead. “When she’s got the hot hand and they aren’t getting in her face, she’s unstoppable,” Mt. SAC head coach Laura Beeman said. The Mounties took a 51-24 lead into halftime after allowing no points in the key or fast-break baskets. WALNUT – The top-ranked Mt. SAC women’s basketball team proved there’s no defense for hot shooting by hitting 11 of 21 three-pointers on Saturday en route to an 89-54 victory over eighth-seeded Antelope Valley in the Southern California Regional Bracket A final at Mt. SAC. Freshman Tanisa Braxton scored a game-high 20 points off the bench for the Mounties. She made 5 of 7 three-point attempts. “I knew I had it going early on,” Braxton said. “Usually I come in to play tough defense, but tonight I was an offensive player.” Antelope Valley stayed close through the first 10 minutes of the game as the Marauders trailed just 21-17 midway through the first half following two scores on consecutive possessions by Juliet Masei. Masei finished with a team-high 18 points.