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2013-14 Season ...

Three Palomar women's basketball two-year starters have accepted scholarships to four-year universities. From left: Guard/forward Bianca Littleton, guard Mikaela Stanton, Comet head coach Leigh Marshall and guard/forward Maureen Fegan. -- Photo by Melissa Finn

All-PCAC picks Littleton, Fegan, Stanton sign

SAN MARCOS (5-23-2014) -- Two-year starters Maureen Fegan, Mikaela Stanton and Bianca Littleton, who helped lead Palomar's women's basketball team to a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and a second-place finish in back-to-back seasons, all have accepted scholarships to four-year universities.

Fegan, who averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, and Littleton (13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds) both signed with NCAA Division II Cal State East Bay in Hayward. Stanton (16.7 points, 3.2 assists) signed with Brandon University in Brandon, Manatoba, Canada.

Littleton, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward, and Stanton, a 5-foot-4 guard, both came to the Comets from Vista High School. Fegan, a 5-foot-8 guard/forward, is from Rancho Buena Vista High.

All three were first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selections.

This is the second straight year that coach Leigh Marshall's Comets have sent three players on to the four-year level on scholarships.

Comets removed from Southern Cal playoffs

SACRAMENTO (2-25-2014) -- Palomar's women's basketball team is out of the Southern California Regional Playoffs without even having a chance to play a game.

The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference runner-up Comets (16-11) had been scheduled to open the playoffs on Wednesday evening with a play-in game at Santa Ana, but were removed by CCCAA Executive Director Carlisle Carter on Tuesday afternoon and replaced by Cerritos.

Carter ruled that the selection committee had mis-interpreted the eeding / pairing guidelines in seeding the Comets No. 17. Santa Ana now will host Cerritos (16-11), runner-up in the South Coast Conference Southern Division, in the play-in game.The Comets defeated the Falcons by 19 points 81-62 in their only meeting at the Mt. San Jacinto Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 16.

Stanton, Fegan and Littleton make first team

SAN DIEGO (2-22-14) -- The Palomar women's basketball team landed three players on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team which was selected Saturday by conference coaces. 

The PC selections were Mikaela Stanton (sophomore guard from Vista High School), Maureen Fegan (sophomore guard/forward, Rancho Buena Vista High School) and Biaca Littleton (sophomore guard/forward, Vista High School).

Cora Lopez from conference champion Mt. San Jacinto was named Player of the Year.  Chris Mozga from Mt. San Jacinto was Coach of the Year.

PICTURED ABOVE: Mikaela Stanton

PC rocks Olympians, appears playoff bound

SAN MARCOS (2-21-2014) -- It appears Palomar's women's basketball team, which clobbered San Diego Mesa 74-54 at The Dome on Friday night, is headed back to the California Community College Athletic Association's Southern California playoffs.

With the Coaches vs. Cancer Night victory, the Comets finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with Southwestern, which dropped its final game of the regular season at Mt. San Jacinto 60-48. The Eagles win the conference championship outright, which apparently puts Palomar into the playoffs due in a tie-breaker scenario.

If the Jaguars would have won Friday's game, they would have tied Mt. San Jacinto for the title and the Comets would have finished in third place and very much a longshot to make the postseason.

Mikaela Stanton led Palomar past Mesa with 21 points, which took game scoring honors. Maureen Fegan scored 16 points and Bianca Littleton had 11 points. Ashleigh Barnes (8 points) and Gabby Cabrera (7 points) also made big offensive contributions.

Kimberly Scott led Mesa with 20 points.

Stanton scored 17 points in the first half and Fegan had points and the Comets streaked out to a 47-25 halftime lead. The Olympians battled back in the second half but could never really get to within range of the Comets.

Palomar finishes the regular season 16-11 overall and 11-3 in the PCAC. The Comets won their last five regular-season games.

PHOTOS: Mikaela Stanton (above left), Maureen Fegan (above right)

Comets roll rival Spartans, are 1 out with 1 left

OCEANSIDE  (2-19-2013) -- Palomar rocked North County rival MiraCosta 94-62 on Wednesday night in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball game on the Spartans'  floor as Bianca Littleton led five Comets in double figures with 23 points.

The Comets find themselves in the same position in the Pacific Coast  Athletic Conference as they did entering the game, one game behind co-leaders Mt. San Jacinto and Southwestern. But its with one game to play instead of two. Mt. San Jacinto, the runner-up in last year's state tournament, held off San Diego Mesa 64-62 on Wednesday, while Southwestern defeated Imperial Valley.

While the Comets host San Diego Mesa in the second game of the Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader at The Dome on Friday at 7 p.m. (the Palomar men host MiraCosta at 5), the Eagles and Jaguars square off for the PCAC championship at 5 p.m. in San Jacinto.

If the Comets beat the Olympians, they'll tie the loser of the Mt. San Jacinto-Southwestern game for second place and will be hoping to receive a Southern California playoff berth.

Joining Littleton in double figures in Wednesday's win over the Spartans: Mikaela Stanton with 16 points, Maureen Fegan (12 points, and 7 rebounds), Ashleigh Barnes (12 points and 9 boards) and Victoria Stewart (10  points, 6 assists).

PHOTOS: Bianca Littleton (above left), Mikaela Stanton (right)

Comets win, remain game out with 2 games left

SAN MARCOS (2-14-2014) -- Palomar remained one game out of first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball race on Friday evenng, beating Grossmont 76-61.

The Comets, who were led by Mikaela Stanton's 21 points, are 14-11 on the season, 9-3 in conference where they trail co-leaders Mt. San Jacinto and Southwestern. The Eagles and Jaguars both won Friday and are 10-2 in conference. There are two games remaining in PCAC play next Wednesday and Friday.

Jessica Scott (16 points) and Bianca Littleton (15 points) also scored in double figures for Palomar.

Dechae Evans and Maureen Fegan had eight points each.

Palomar led 41-29 at halftime as Scott scored 12 points and Littleton talied 11 points.

PHOTOS: Mikaela Stanton (above left), Jessica Scott (above right)

Evans goes off on Knights; PC stays one out

SAN DIEGO (2-12-2014) -- Palomar kept its hopes of a repeat Pacific Coast Athletic Association women's basketball championship alive on Wednesday night, getting 26 points from Dechae Evans and defeating San Diego City College 75-56 at Harry West Gymnasium.

Evans went 10-for-15 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line and also had 14 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and two assists as she dominated the Knights.

Palomar led 40-26 at the half.

Maureen Fegan scored 14 points for the Comets. Her 3-pointer with 16 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first half put Palomar up for good at 7-6 after the Knights had led early.

Mikaela Stanton added 13 points. Ashleigh Barnes contributed nine rebounds and Jessica Scott had eight.

Nyadoup Lam led City College with 20 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Alex Warren had 14 points, 14 reounds and eight blocks.

But Warren's and Lam's rebound totals went for naught as the Comets outrebounded the Knights 51-47.

Palomar moved to 8-3 in the conference with three games remaining, beginning with fourth-place Grossmont on Friday at 5 p.m. at The Dome. The Comets are a game back of co-leaders Mt. San Jacinto, which defeated Grossmont 83-73 on Friday, and Southwestern, a 71-33 winner over MiraCosta.

PHOTO: Dechae Evans, above left; Maureen Fegan, above right

Palomar back in win column and still in race

SAN MARCOS (2-07-2013) -- Palomar rebounded into the women's basketball victory column on Friday evening at The Dome and remained alive in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference race in the process.

The Comets buried visiting Imperial Valley 80-53, keeping the Arabs winless on the season, as 10 different players scored.

Bianca Littleton (17 points), Mikaela Stanton (16 points) and Dechae Evans (10 points) scored in double figures for Palomar. Maureen Fegan added nine points. Jessica  Scott had eight points.

Palomar (7-3) is tied for third place in the conference, one game in back of co-loeaders Mt. San Jacinto (8-2) and Southwestern 8-2.

Mt. San Jacinto won 66-55 over San Diego City College on Friday. Southwestern defeated  Grossmont 57-43.

PC loses, misses chance to regain tie for 1st

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2014) -- When San Diego City College upset first-place Southwestern 62-51 on Friday evening in San Diego, Palomar had a golden opportunity to regain a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball lead.

But, despite 23 points from Deche Evans and 21 from Maureen Fegan, the Comets dropped as an 85-79 decision to visiting Mt. San Jacinto at The Dome.

And, instead of finding themselves tied for the conference lead with the Jaguars and Grossmont, a 74-71 winner over San Diego Mesa, the Comets find themselves looking up from fourth place.

Southwestern, Grossmont and Mt. San Jacinto are tied for first place with 7-2 PCAC records. Palomar is 6-3.

Bianca Littleton also was in double figures for  the Comets, scoring 17 points.

Mikaela Stanton, Fegan and Littleton all fouled out down the stretch, after the Comets had battled back from a 52-34 halftime deficit

PHOTO: Bianca  Littleton scores two of her 17 points against Mt. San Jacinto on Friday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

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Jags knock PC out of tie for 1st, take over lead

CHULA VISTA (1-31-2014) -- Defending champion Palomar and Southwestern entered Wednesday evening's game tied for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

But after a bad shooting night, the Comets find themselves back in a three-way tie for second place with Mt. San Jacinto, a 72-35 winner over Imperial Valley, and Grossmont, which downed MiraCosta 61-50.

Gabby Cabrera (left) led Palomar scorers with 11 points.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Comets. Palomar had won eight of its most recent nine games since back on Dec. 18.

Fegan, Evans combine for 18 each in victory

SAN DIEGO (1-29-2014) -- Palomar remained in tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in women's basketball on Thursday evening, winning 78-61 on the road over San Diego Mesa.

Maureen Fegan (right) hit six 3-pointers and  finished with 18 points. Dechae Evans also tallied 18 points. Bianca Littleton joined them in double figures by scoring 15 points.

Palomar advanced to 11-9 on the season and 6-1 in conference, remaining in a tie for the conference lead with Southwestern. The Jaguars knocked Mt. San Jacinto out of what had been a three-way deadlock for first place by winning 59-54 on Wednesday night in Chula Vista.

Comets roll over Spartans in rivalry match-up

SAN MARCOS (1-24-2013) -- Led by Mikaela Stanton, Bianca Littleton, Victoria Stewart and Dechae Evans, Palomar rolled to a 78-50 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory over visiting North County rival MiraCosta on Wednesday evening at The Dome.

Coach Leigh Marshall's defending conference champion Comets upped their record to 10-9 overall, 5-1 in the PCAC and remained in a tie for first place with Mt. San Jacinto, last year's state community college runner-up, and Southwestern. Mt. San Jac blitzed San Diego Mesa 71-36 on Wednesday night. Southwestern turned back Imperial Valley 66-36.

Stanton scored 16 points, knocking down five baskets (two of them 3-pointers) and going  4-for-4  from the free throw line, to lead four Comets in double figures.

Littleton tallied 15 points. Stewart and Evans each had 13 points.

Stewart buried a 3-pointer with 18:37 left in the  first half to break  an early 2-2  tie and the Palomar led the rest of the way.

MiraCosta's Brogan Griffin was high scorer for the game with 20 points. The Spartans fell to 2-12 on the season and 2-4 in conference.

PHOTO: Mikaela  Stanton scores on a break-away lay-up after stealing an in-bounds pass to break an early 2-2 tie and the Comets led the rest of  the way. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

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Littleton's layup with 2 seconds left lifts PC

EL CAJON (1-22-2014) -- A lay-up by Bianca Littleton (left) with 2 seconds to play lifted Palomar's women's basketball team to a 70-68 victory on the road over Grossmont on Wednesday evening.

With the win, the defending champion Comets remain in a tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with Mt. San Jacinto, a 53-31 winner over MiraCosta, and Southwestern, which defeated San Diego Mesa 61-50. The three teams are all 4-1 in the PCAC, while Grossmont drops to 3-2 and falls out of what was a four-way tie for the conference lead.

The Comets opened up an early 9-point lead and were in front almost the entire way. The Griffins led briefly by a point in the second half but were unable to hold on.

Palomar was up by six points 68-62 after Maureen Fegan (right) popped in a jump shot with 4:22 left in the game, but hit a 4-minute, 20-second scoreless spell at that point as the Griffins fought back to pull even at 68-68.

That set the stage for Littleton's game winner.

Fegan led four Comets in double figures with 18 points and also had eight revbounds. Mikaela Stanton scored 15 points, Jessica Scott 11 and Dechae Evans contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Littleton also had four steals. Victoria Stewart dished off five assists.

Jonalynn Fuertes led the Griffins with 18 points off the bench.

Palomar was on top at halftime 37-31.

Grossmont had created the four-way tie for the conference lead going into the game by handing Mt. San Jacinto its first PCAC loss last Friday night at San Jacinto 70-57.

ABOVE: Maureen Fegan splits San Diego City College's defense in Comets' 97-83 victory on Friday. BELOW: Mikaela Stanton, who led Palomar with 26 points, sets for one of her six 3-pointers in first-half action. -- Photos by Hugh Cox.

Comets put 5 in double figures, in tie for first

SAN MARCOS  (1-17-2014) -- The Palomar women's basketball team put five players in double figures and turned back San Diego City College 97-83 on Friday evening at The Dome to move into a four-way tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference lead. The Comets, Mt. San Jacinto, Southwestern and Grossmont all are 3-1 in the conference.

Mikaela Stanton, the reigning PCAC Women's Athlete of the Week, scored 26 points for the Comets on nine field goals, six of them  coming from behind the 3-point arc, and two free throws.

Maureen Fegan contributed 22 points, Jessica  Scott 14 points, Bianca Littleton  11 points and Victoria Stewart 10 points.

The Comets raced out to a 51-38 halftime lea as Fegan scored 14 points an Stanton tallied 10  points.

Grossmont traveled north and pinned a 70-57 upset loss on Mt. San Jacinto, the 2012-13 state runner-up which was 3-0 in the conference, to create the log-jam for first place. Southwestern rocked MiraCosta 70-40.

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Comets roll to 2nd win in 3 conference games

IMPERIAL (1-15-2014) -- Dechae Evans (left) scored 19 points and pulled own eight rebounds Wedneday evening as coach Leigh Marshall's defending Pacific Coast Conference women's basketball champions upped their league record to 2-1

The Comets routed Imperial Valley 86-46 at the Depouli Sports Complex.

Mikaela Stanton tallied 13 points and passed off for five assists for the Comets. Ashleigh Barnes (right) contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dezrah Van led IVC with 24 points.

Comets' Stanton is PCAC Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (1-13-2014) -- Palomar basketball player Mikaela Stanton has been selected as Women's Athlete of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Stanton, a 5-foot-4 sophomore guard from Vista High School, scored 27 points as the Comets' women's team opened defense of its 2013-14 conference women's championship with a 66-56 victory over Southwestern, last season's runner-up, last Wednesday evening at The Dome. She also dished off four assists. Stanton came back two nights later with 10 points an five assists against Mt. San Jacinto.

Stanton shared the women's award with Grossmont basketball player Jessica Bautista.

2013 state runner-up Eagles turn back Comets

SAN JACINTO (1-10-2014) -- Playing its second league game as the newest member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, 2012-13 state women's basketball runner-up Mt. San Jacinto defeated last year's PCAC champion Palomar 76-65 Wednesday evening on the Eagles' floor.

Palomar's Dechae Evans (left) led both teams in scoring with 20 points, but Mt. San Jacinto took cointrol of the game by pouning the Comets on the boards 65-34.

The Comets played the Eagles even for one half, with the teams tied 31-31 at intermission.

Jessica Scott (right) was second-high scorer for Palomar with 15 points an also ha eight rebouns. The Comets' Mikaela Stanton had 12 points an five assists. Maureen Fegan added 11 points.

Johnette Brownle Mt. San Jacinto ith 17 points an 14 rebounds.

The Eagles, ranked No.16 in the state, advanced to 14-4 on the season (2-0 in the PCAC). The Comets are 6-9, 1-1 in conference.

Stanton (27 pts) lifts defending champion PC

SAN MARCOS (1-08-2013) -- Led by Mikaela Stanton's 27 points, Palomar opened defense of its 2012-2013 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball championship with a 66-56 victory at The Dome on Wednesday evening over last season's runner-up, Southwestern.

Stanton scored 19 of those points in the first half as she staked Palomar to a 39-25 lead at the break. She helped the Comets extend their advantage to 21 points midway through the second half and finishded the game with nine field goals, including three 3-pointers. Stanton was 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Bianca Littleton also was in double figures for Palomar with 10 points. Dechae Evans chipped in with eight points before fouling  out with 4 minutes remaining. Maureen Fegan added seven points.

Palomar went 18-for-22 from the foul stripe.

Tia Griffis led the Jaguars with 12 points. Alex Harris was next high with nine points, all coming on free throws.

The Comets will go on the road to play new PCAC member Mt. San Jacinto on Friday at 5 p.m. The Eagles are 13-4 after a 91-41 win over Imperial Valley in their first-ever game in the conference on Wednesay and are rankde No. 16 in the state and No. 9 in Southern California.

Mt. San Jacinto, in its final season as a member of the Foothill Conference a year ago, went a school-record 30-3 and advanced to the CCCAA state championship game.There, the Eagles lost to Mt. SAC.

ABOVE PHOTO: Mikaela Stanton scores on a lay-up with 11:05 remaining in Friday's game, giving the Comets a 55-39 lead. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Evans leads PC, is PCAC Athlete of the Week

COSTA MESA (12-20-2013) / SAN DIEGO (12-22-2013) -- Palomar defeated Pacific Coast Athletic Consolation rival Southwestern 73-70 Fridary for the consolation championship of the Erin Tomlinson Orange Coast College Christmas Classic.

Dachae Evans (left) led the Comets to the victory with 22 points and 16 rebounds as she finished the tournament with 45 points and 41 rebounds in three games.

Evans, a 5-foot-10 freshman from Mount Miguel High School, was selected to the all-tournament team and later was selected as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Maureen Fegan (right) had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Comets. Bianca Littleton aded 14 points and seven boards.

Palomar will be off until Jan. 8, until the defending conference champion Comets host Southwestern in a rematch to open PCAC play at The Dome at 5 p.m.

Palomar stuns Coast to reach consolation final

COSTA MESA (12-19-2013) -- Jessica Scott (left) scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds on Thursday as Palomar upset tournament host Orange Coast 85-47 in the Erin Tomlinson Christmas Classic to reach Friday's consolation championship game.

The Comets vs. Jaguars game will be a matchup of the two schools that finished 1-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings a year ago.

Dechae Evans (right) contributed a double-double for the Comets vs. Orange Coast, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Maureen Fegan had 15 points and 10 boards.

Orange Coast, which came into the game with an 8-4 record, was considered a solid favorite in Thursday's game. Palomar entered the game at 3-8. The Comets knocked the Pirates out of their own tournament.

Southwestern knocked off College of the Canyons in its consolation semi-final.

Stanton scored 25 but Cuesta (12-0) wins 80-70

COSTA MESA (12-18-2013) -- Palomar's Mikaela Stanton (left) pumped in 25 points on Wenesday but the Comets fell to unbeaten Cuesta 80-70 in the first round of the Erin Tomlinson Christmas Classic at Orange Coast College.

Stanton, who was 4-of-9 on 3-pointers and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line, also had six rebounds and passed off for five assists in the loss.

Katie Rodriguez scored 23 points to lead the Cougars, who advanced to 12-0 on the season.

Palomar outscored Cuesta from the field 48 points to 46, but the Cougars' 28 free throws compared to 15 for the Comets turned out to be the difference in the game.

Dechae Evans (right) had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for Palomar. Maureen Fegan added12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Comets outrebouned the Cougars 49-37, to no avail.

Palomar will play Orange Coast, which lost 63-62 to Chaffey, in the consolation semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. If the Comets win the loser-goes-home game, they'll face either College of the Canyons or Southwestern for the consolation title at the same time on Friday.

Grossmont turns back PC in 3rd-place game

CYPRESS (12-08-2013) -- Grossmont defeated Palomar 81-67 for third place in the 30th Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College on Sunday afternoon.

For the Comets, Mikaela Stanton scored 22 points in the loss and passed off for four assists.

Bianca Littleton had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Maureen Fegan, who was selecte to the all-tournament team, added 10 rebounds.

Kaila Rivera led the Griffins with 13 points.

ABOVE: Maureen Fegan drives to the basket in Saturday evening's championship semifinal game with Cypress. She was fouled and made one of two free throws to tie the game at 23-23 with 5:03 left in the first half. BELOW: Bianca Littleton is fouled as she attempts a shot in the game's final minute. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Cypress downs Comets in semifinal match-up

CYPRESS (12-07-2013) -- Palomar will play for third place in the 30th Annual Lady Charger Classic women's basketball tournament on Sunday.

Cypress, the host team, downed the Comets 80-67 in the championship semifinals on Saturday evening.

Maureen Fegan (6 points, 8 rebounds), Bianca Littleton (15 points, 7 rebounds) and Mikaela Stanton (15 points) led Palomar.

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Stanton scores 36; PC wins opener at Cypress

CYPRESS (12-06-2013) -- Mikaela Stanton (left) pumped in 36 points on Friday, leading Palomar to an 81-62 women's basketball victory over Los Angeles Southwest in the opening round of the 30th Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College.

Maureen Fegan had 19 points and 16 rebounds. Stanton also dished off four assists.

The Comets will play Cypress in the championship semifinals on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Chargers downed West Los Angeles 90-59.

The finals are slate for Sunday.

ABOVE: Makaela Stanton scores with 13:58 left in the game to put Palomar on top 53-52. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Bianca Littleton

Fouls fatal as Palomar loses halftime lead, game

SAN MARCOS (11-23-2013) -- Four Palomar players fouled out as the Comets lost a six-point halftime lead and, eventually, Saturday night's non-conference basketball game against Los Angeles Valley 85-79 at The Dome.

"Once again, fouls plagued us," coach Leigh Marshall said after watching a 42-36 halftime lead over the Monarchs sail out the window.

Makaela Stanton led the Comets with 21 points. Bianca Littleton turned in a dominant performance on the boards and also tallied 18 points. Maureen Fegan had 15 points for Palomar.

Evans, Fegan, Littleton, Hudnell lift Comets

COSTA MESA (11-22-2013) -- Palomar bounced back into the women's basketball win column on Friday evening, knocking off Rio Hondo 69-65 in the Orange Coast Crossover.

Dechae Evans (left) led the Comets with 26 points an 12 rebounds. Maureen Fegan scored 22 points.

Bianca Littleton joined Evans with a double-double, contributing 11 points and 14 rebounds. And Angie Hudnell (right), a freshman from Great Oak High School, came up big with eight steals to spark the winners.

Palomar wins 81-62, makes consolation finals

SAN JACINTO (11-14-2013 / 11-15-2013) -- Palomar's women's basketball team bounced back from a one-point loss on Friday to race past Cerritos 82-62 on Saturday afternoon, reaching Sunday's consolation championship game in the Mt. San Jacinto Tip-Off Tournament.

The Comets will face either Antelope Valley or Victor Valley for the consolation title at 11 a.m.

Chaffey rallied in the second half to down Palomar 79-78 in a first-round game on Friday.

Mikaela Stanton (above left) led the Comets against the Panthers with 21 points. Ashley Barnes scored 11 points and Bianca Littleton tallied 10 points. Dechae Evans grabbed 13 rebounds and Littleton had 10 rebounds.

ABOVE: Jessica Scott goes to the free throw line with 41.6 seconds left in regulation play and Palomar trailing by two points Friday night. She dropped in both foul shots, sending the Comets' season opener with Santa Ana to overtime tied 74-74. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Dechae Evans, who helped bring Palomar back with 13 second-half points and led the Comets with 20 points.

Palomar drops wild opener by six in overtime

SAN MARCOS (11-08-2013) -- Palomar trailed by as many as 12 points on multiple occasions in the first half, fought back to send the game into overtime, then dropped its season opener to a much-improved Santa Ana team 87-81 in a non-conference game on Friday night at The Dome.

Jazmine Johnson scored nine of her game-high 23 points in the OT as the Dons outscored the Comets 13-7 to escape with an upset victory.

But coach Leigh Marshall had to be happy with the way the Comets refused to fold their tents and got off the canvas following a miserable first half to start a highly-anticipated season.

Defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Palomar, behind Dechae Evans' 13 second-half points, eventually caught and passed the visitors 56-55 on Evans' bucket with 8:27 left in regulation. The Comets led by seven points 66-59 with on Bianca Littleton's basket with 55-54 remaining, but Santa Ana regained its momentum and the lead.

Jessica Scott's two free throws with 41.6 seconds showing on the scoreboard tied the game 74-74 and sent it into overtime. That's when Santa Ana's Johnson, playing with four fouls, took over the game.

But the Comets couldn't overcome 31 fouls and when Victoria Stewart, Makaela Stanton, Gabby Cabrera, Littleton and, eventually, Evans all fouled out, late in regulation or in the OT, their chances of a win evaporated by attrition.

Palomar took a quick 6-0 lead on back-to-back pointers by Fegan and Stewart and went on to outscore Santa Ana from the floor 24-22 in the first half. That, however, didn't matter.

Sloppy floor play, missed easy shots, dominance by the Dons on the boards and the the Comets' fouls enabled to visitors to forge a 41-30 halftime lead. Santa Ana went 18-for-21 from the line in the opening half compared to Palomar's 6-for-14.

Four Comets scored in double figures in the loss. Evans led with 20 points. Maureen Fegan had 18 points, Littleton 15 and Stanton 10.

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