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Comets destroy Knights with
34-1 2nd quarter
DIEGO (2-12-2016) --
The Palomar women's basketball squad blew through
Harry West Gymnasium on Friday evening, breaking open a 10-point
game by outscoring San Diego City College 34-1 in the second
quarter on its way to a 56-point victory over the Knights 92-36.
The Southern California fifth-ranked
Comets put four players in double figures -- Chelse Ayala with
14 points, Cheyenne Ertz (left) with 13 points, Mikaela Shannon
with 12 points and Quinesha Vanhook with 11 points.
Roshell Lamug added nine points and
Alexus Barnes had eight points. Thirteen Comets scored.
Five Palomar players each had five
rebounds -- Shannon, Vanhook, Barnes, Vinessa Perryman and
Comets rock Arabs' world
for their 20th win
MARCOS (2-10-2016) --
Palomar took another step toward a Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference championship tie with Mt. San Jacinto in
women's basketball on Wednesday night at The Dome, racing past
Imperial Valley 87-23.
The Southern California No. 4-ranked
Comets (20-4, 10-1 in conference) led 24-10 after one quarter,
48-15 at halftime and 74-21 after three quarters.
Mikaela Shannon (left, 16 points),
Roshell Lamug (right, 11 points) and Alexus Barnes (11 points)
scored in double figures in the rout as Palomar again spread the
IVC's Nancy Clark also scored 16
points, while the remainder of the Arabs' team combined for only
seven points on the night. The Comets held Imperial Valley to
eight points in the second half and only two points in the
Mt. San Jacinto, which dropped to
second in the SoCal poll behind Mt. SAC after Palomar upset the
Eagles last week, defeated San Diego City College 96-40
Wednesday evening and is 25-1 on the season, 10-1 in conference.
Palomar's Lynnzy Troxell tries to get a shot off
against Mt. San Jacinto's Britney Thomas on Friday
night. Thomas was able to block this one, but
Troxell scored 14 points, 10 of them in the third
quarter, as the Comets handed the Eagles their first
loss of the season. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets hand Eagles
1st loss after 24-0 start
Coach Leigh Marshall's
Palomar women's basketball team pulled off the
biggest upset in the state all season long in the
second half of a men's/womens doubleheader at the
Dome on Friday night.
The fifth-ranked Comets,
led by Chelse Ayala's 21 points and a big inside
presence from 6-foot Lynnzy Troxell, moved into a
tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference with No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto,
winning 59-48 to hand the Eagles their first loss of
2015-2016 after 24 straight wins.
Mt. San Jacinto, which got
18 points from 6-foot-2 forward Britney Thomas, was
the last community college team in California to
Ayala buried five
3-pointers, three of them when she scored 10
second-quarter points after a first-quarter in which
neither team could put down shots and she was shut
out as the Comets fell behind 8-6.
Her big second period
sparked Palomar's 21-11 second-quarter run which
netted the Comets a 27-19 lead at intermission.
Troxell scored 10 points in the third quarter on
five inside buckets and Ayala added six points,
putting Palomar in front 46-35 entering the final
Roshell Lamug had 15 points
for Palomar, which is now 19-4 on the season and 9-1
to tie Mt. San Jacinto for the conference lead.
Palomar's Regina Sheffield rebounds the ball in
Wednesday night's 80-31 road victory over
Southwestern. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin,
MSJ showdown next for PC after 80-31 blowout
CHULA VISTA (2-03-2016) --
Palomar has a chance to move into a tie for first
place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with
No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto on Friday night in The
Dome after the visiting Comets
blew past Southwestern
80-31 in a PCAC game Wednesday evening.
Chelse Ayala led the Comets with 12 points, while
Cheyenne Ertz "had a great game at both ends of the
floor," coach Leigh Marshall said, while scoring 11
points. Allie Israel scored 11 points. Lynnzy
Troxell and Vinessa Perryman added eight points
The No. 5-ranked Comets (18-4, 8-1) will host the
Eagles, a 90-59 winner over Imperial Valley on
Friday in the second game of a doubleheader.
Palomar's men's team will host rival MiraCosta in a
key PCAC North Division match-up at 5 p.m.
Comets roll along, rout SD Mesa again
DIEGO (1-29-2016) --
Palomar's women's basketball squad had its way with
San Diego Mesa for the second time this season on
Friday night on the road, rolling to an 85-29
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory.
The No. 5-ranked Comets (17-4, 7-1) were led by
Allie Israel (left) with 14 points. Israel drained
Ariana Hernandez and Alexus Barnes each scored 10
"It was a great team effort," coach Leigh Marshall
said. "I'm really proud of how hard we played and
how disciplined we were defensively."
Palomar runs over winless
MARCOS (1-27-2016) --
Palomar's first meeting of the women's basketball
season with rival MiraCosta went about the way everyone expected
on Wednesday night at The Dome.
The No. 5-ranked Comets won big 83-34
again, spreading the wealth as 13 players saw action, 11 scored
and Roshell Lamug (left, 13 points), Lynnzy Troxell (right, 11
points) and Chelse Ayala (10 points) were in double figures.
Palomar jumped out to a 20-7 lead after
one quarter and never looked back in advancing to 16-4 overall,
6-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
MiraCosta remained winlees at 0-16,
Ariana Hernandez added nine points for
the Comets. Quinesha Vanhook, Regina Sheffield and Allie Israel
had eight points each.
Ayala scores 25 points as
Comets roll by 90-51
Chelse Ayala (left) burned the nets for 25 points,
going 10-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-7 from
behind the 3-point arc, on Wednesday night as
Palomar bombarded Grossmont 90-51 in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's basketball at Griffin
Ayala also contributed 5 rebounds, 5
assists and 4 steals. Regina Sheffield (right, 15 points, 5
rebounds), Allie Israel (13 points) and Ariana Hernandez (12
points) joined her in double-figure scoring.
Lynzzie Troxell was the Comets'
next-high scorer with 7 points. Alexus Barnes contributed 8
rebounds, whle Cheynne Ertz pulled 6 rebounds. Quinesha Vanhook
dished off 6 assists and had 2 blocks.
Palomar jumped out to a 26-7 lead after
one quarter and was on top at halftime 51-15. It was 74-34 after
Palomar, in second place in the PCAC,
is 15-4 on the season and 5-1 in conference. The Comets will
host North County rival MiraCosta on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Chelse Ayala takes a steal
all the way to the bucket in Palomar's 50-point
victory over San Diego City College on Wednesday
night. Ayala was fouled and tacked on one of two
free throws to put the Comets on top 28-5 one minute
into the second quarter.
Trailing the play are Lynnzy Troxell (No. 44) and
Quinesha Vanhook (No. 15) -- Photo by Hugh Cox
12 PC players score in 81-31
SAN MARCOS (1-20-2016) --
Palomar took the ball in to score early and often on
Wednesday night as the Comets put 12 players in the scoring
column in a 81-31 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rout of San
Diego City College at The Dome.
The Comets needed only one player to
score in double figures as they ran their record to 14-4 and 4-1
in the PCAC. Roshell Lamug did the honors with 12 points.
Ariana Hernandez scored nine points.
Chelse Ayala, Alexus Barnes and Allie Israel each had eight
points. Vinessa Perryman added seven points.
The Comets led at the quarter marks
23-5, 42-12 and 61-21.
Palomar will go on the road to play
Grossmont on Friday at 6 p.m.
Ayala's 21 points, 7
three-pointers lead Comets
Chelse Ayala (left) buried seven 3-pointers on the
way to a 21-point night and Mikaela Shannon had what coach Leigh
Marshall described as "a great day" on the boards and
defensively Friday night.
Their performances led Palomar to an 88-51 Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball win over Imperial
Valley at the DePaoli Sports Complex.
Shannon and Ariana Hernandez each
scored 10 points for the Comets (13-4, 3-1 in the PCAC). Allie
Israel added eight points.
Next up for Palomar: a conference game
against San Diego City College next Wednesday at 5 p.m. in The
Regina Sheffield is surrounded by Mt. San Jacinto
players as she tries to score finside for Palomar
against the unbeaten state No. 1-ranked Eagles on
Wednesday night in the MSJ gym. She was fouled on
the play and made one of two free throws to tie the
game at 37-37 with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
The state No. 9-ranked Comets dropped a 59-58
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision. --
Photo by Hugh Cox
State No. 1 Eagles hold off
Comets by 1 pt.
State No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto took advantage of
cold free throw shooting by Palomar to win a
showdown for the early lead in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's basketball race 59-58 on
Wednesday night on the Eagles' floor.
Mt. San Jac remained unbeaten at 18-0,
3-0 in the conference while the Comets fall to 12-4, 2-1.
Quinesha Vanhook came up
big for Palomar with 13 points off the bench.
Roshell Lamug joined her in double figures with 10
points and Chelse Ayala finished with nine points.
The Comets made only 9-of-19 free throw
attempts, while the Eagles went to the free throw line 40 times
and were able to hold onto win despite making only 19 attempts
from the line.
Palomar's Regina Sheffield
takes the ball in for a lay-up in the first quarter
against Southwestern at The Dome on Friday night.
The Comets won 90-32. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets race past visiting
Jaguars by 58 points
SAN MARCOS (1-08-2016) --
Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar women's basketball
team warmed up for next Wednesday's early Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference showdown at state No. 2-ranked Mt. San Jacinto on
Friday night by rolling over Southwestern 90-32 at The Dome.
The No. 9-ranked Comets raced to leads
of 23-4 after one quarter, 50-14 at the half and 69-20 after
three quarters and continued on to run their season's record to
12-3, 2-0 in conference. Mt. San Jacinto, ranked second in the
state won 70-28 on the road at Imperial Valley on Friday and
will come into next Wednesday's game with records of 17-0 and
Palomar put 13 players in the scoring
column against Southwestern, led by double-figure scoring from
Mikaela Shannon (14 points), Allie Isreal (12 points), Ariana
Hernandez (12 points), and Regina Sheffield (10 points).
Quinesha Vanhook had eight points, and
Tatiana Navarro and Lynnzy Troxell each scored seven points.
Vinessa Perryman steals the ball from San Diego Mesa's Ciara
Williams in Palomar's 90-51 victory to open Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night at The Dome.
Perryman took the ball in to score on a layup. -- Photo by Hugh
Lynnzy Troxell, who had 12 points, 11 rebounds and a
block for the Comets
30-pt. 2nd quarter ignites PC in PCAC opener
MARCOS (1-06-2016) --
Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar women's basketball
team took most of the first quarter to get untracked Wednesday
night, then broke the game open with a 30-point second quarter
as the Comets opened their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
season with a 90-51 rout of San Diego Mesa at The Dome.
The Comets (11-3), who came in ranked
ninth in the state, put 12 of their 13 uniformed players in the
point column, led by Lynnzy Troxell (left) with 12 points, 13
rebounds and two blocks while playing less than half the game.
Chelse Ayala (right) buried four
3-point baskets and also finished with 12 points. Mikaela
Shannon scored nine points. Ariana Hernandez and Vinessa
Perryman each had nine points.
The Comets will try to go 2-0 in
conference when they host Southwestern on Friday at 6 p.m.
State No.-5 ranked Long Beach downs No. 9 PC
MARCOS (1-02-2016) --
State No. 5-ranked Long Beach City College made
itself at home in The Dome on Saturday, defeating
No. 9-ranked Palomar in a non-conference women's
basketball game 58-49.
The Vikings (13-2) were in control of the game
nearly wire to wire. The Comets (10-3) led twice, at
15-14 after a layup by Lynnzy Troxell and at 17-16
after a layup by Roshell Lamug.
Quinesha Vanhook (left, 13 points) and Lamug (right,
11 points) scored in double figures for Palomar.
Lupe Cruz, Long Beach's 6-foot-0 sophomore forward,
tallied 21 points.
Palomar will host San Diego Mesa to open its Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference season on Wednesday at 5
TOP PHOTO: Comets pose for the
camera after their championship-game victory.
DIRECTLY ABOVE: Quinesha Vanhook
drives for two points. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
PC 1st team in 15 yrs.
to win back-to-back titles
Palomar became the first
team in 15 years to win the Erin Tomlinson Coast
Christmas Classic women's basketball team in
back-to-back years on Saturday night, blowing past
host Orange Coast 80-68 in the championship game.
COSTA MESA (12-19-2015) --
Quinesha Vanhook connected on 9-of-15 shots and
scored 18 points to help lead the