Keisha Cox takes the ball to the basket to tie the game at 45
with 2:28 to play in the game Saturday night. Jessica Scott is
at the right. Cox led both teams with 18 points as the Comets
bounced Long Beach City College out of the
Southern California Regional Playoffs. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
Lynnzy Troxell, who had a game-high 10 rebounds
and two big blocks.
Cox pulls Comets through at the end in
Keisha Cox took over the game in the
closing minutes Saturday night and lifted Palomar to
a 51-46 victory over Long Beach City College at The
Dome in the second round of the CCCAA Southern
California Regional Playoffs.
Trailing 28-22 at intermission, the
12th-seeded Vikings scored seven unanswered points to begin the
second half and led most of the way until the late going as the
No. 5 seed Comets got plenty of shots inside but simply couldn't
put the ball in the basket.
But Cox, who led all scorers with 18
points, had three key buckets, two big defensive rebounds, a
steal and two of her game-high four assists down the stretch.
And Jessica Scott, the Comets' second-leading scorer with eight
points, contributed two late free throws and a basket with 25
seconds remaining to finish off the visitors.
Lynnzy Troxell hauled down 10 rebounds,
four on the offensive board, to lead both teams. She also
contributed two big blocks. Ashleigh Barnes had seven rebounds.
Palomar's pressing defense also took a
toll on the Vikings.
"Keisha Cox really stepped up and
crried us in a game where we didn't shoot the ball very well and
turned it over too many times," coach Leigh Marshall said.
"Lynnzy Troxell was a stud on the boards and did a great job
Long Beach threw a lineup that included
six players 6-feet or better, three of them 6-2 and Darshana
Taafua, the Vikings' 6-2 sophomore center, enabled the Vikings
to take control of the game but fouled out with 1:31 left in the
"Long Beach is a lot better than a 12
seed and I knew they would be very tough to handle," Marshall
said. "They're one of the biggest teams in the south, they're
very skilled and they play hard. We got some crucial rebounds,
big buckets and some stops at the end to seal it.
"I'm so proud of this team for stepping
The Comets (25-3) will travel to
Ventura to play the fourth-seeded Pirates on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
in a third-round game at the Ventura Athletic Event Center.
Ventura (26-5) defeated Fullerton 67-60 on Friday night.