For the first time in six years there is no pressure on Lily Merancio to perform on the basketball court. And that's just fine by her.
While playing at Southwest High School in El Centro, Merancio was the go-to player who led the Eagles to respectability. The pressure was on the 19-year-old to carry the load for the Imperial Valley College women's team last year, too.
But this year it's different.
Merancio has more weapons surrounding her, forcing opposing defenses to change their game plans.
With the additions of scoring threats Jello Moore and Sandra Ramos on the inside and the outside sharp shooting of Jessica Prock, Merancio can contribute more on the offensive and defensive glass.
Merancio is averaging six points and five rebounds per game. She came up big Friday in IVC's 70-53 Pacific Coast Conference win over Grossmont, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was arguably her best performance of the year.