Lady Monarch can hit the rim and the books

Valley’s Rebecca Islas is putting up numbers on the court and in her classes.

By Jairo Alvarado, Staff Writer

  Valley sophomore Rebecca Islas wastes no time dribbling her way through even the toughest defenders and is averaging double-doubles this season.

  Despite minimal minutes as a freshman while first learning the pace of college ball, Islas averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds per game last year. The lady monarch is now leading the Western State Conference in scoring.

  “I have grown into a better person and student athlete,” said Islas at the beginning of the season. “Coach Hang has helped develop my game drastically.”

  The Boyle Heights native attended La Salle High School in Pasadena. It was during that time that Islas’s raw talent first shined. As a Lancer she had been accepted to many universities; however, she decided to attend Valley College. Islas knew she still needed to work on her court skills and develop some confidence.

  Growing up, Islas idolized fellow forward and UCLA star Kevin Love. She is also a fan of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lakers.

  Not only is she leading the conference with 27.2 points per game, but Islas also looks unstoppable in the classroom as she prepares to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in Sociology.

  Deciding to attend Valley instead of a major university has turned out to be a pivotal move for Islas, as the junior college has really helped her develop as a student off the court. Islas ultimately continues to be a team leader for the newcomers of the young monarch squad, shattering expectations both physically and academically.

  “I thank all my coaches, teammates, family and friends for making my experience at Los Angeles Valley College enjoyable,” said Islas.

  The star sophomore will lead the monarchs at home Dec. 8 through Dec. 10 as they host LAVC Buddy’s All Star Classic in the South Gym.

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