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Women's Basketball

Mission Conference Champions 1978-79

PCC/PCAC Champions 1984-85, 2000-2001, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15

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2014-15 Comets

(PHOTO BY MELINDA FINN)


Off-Season ...

Palomar's Cox, Balcom sign with 4-year colleges

SAN MARCOS (4-26-2015) -- Lee Lee Tomlinson (left) and Daijon Sumpter (right)  from Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship women's basketball teams have signed with NAIA colleges.

Starting point guard Tomlinson, a 5-foot-2 sophomore from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, and accepted a scholarship to Presentation College of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Backup guard Sumpter, a 5-foot-4 sophomore out of Fallbrook High School, accepted a scholarship to Bethel College of North Newton, Kansas.

Tomlinson averaged 2.1 assists per game and Sumpter played a key role off the bench as coach Leigh Marshall's Comets reached the Southern California Regional championship game, missing a trip to the State Final Four by one game.

2014-15 Season ...

ABOVE: Palomar's Leigh Marshall has been honored by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association as Coach of the Year. -- Courtesy photo. BELOW: Marshall is pictured in a file photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' Marshall named state Coach of Year

NORWALK (3-15-2015) -- Leigh Marshall, who has coached Palomar to two of the last three Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships and guided the 2014-15 Comets to within six points of a state Final Four appearance, is the California Community College Coach of the Year.

Marshall was honored with the South award by the California Commnity Women's Basketball Coaches Association, which selects one coach from the South and one from the North. She received the award at the CCCAA State Final Four at Cerritos College over the weekend.

Marshall previously was honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Her 2014-15 team went 26-4 (13-1 to win the PCAC), drawing a first-round bye in the Regionals and defeating Long Beach City College 51-45 at The Dome and defending state champion Ventura 69-47 on the roadback-to-back.

The Comets were finally eliminated 60-54 by Mt. SAC, the Southern California No 1 seed, one win short of the Fknal Four in one of two Southern Cal regional bracket championship games. The Mounties then won their first game in the Final Four to advance to 34-0 on the season before being upset by Chabot College of Hayward 63-58 in the state championship game on Sunday.

ABOVE: Palomar's Keisha Cox drives through Mt. SAC defenders on Saturday night. She scored with 11 minutes to play to pull the Comets to within two points of the undefeated (33-0) and Southern California No. 1-seed Mounties in the Elite Eight game at Mt. SAC. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Cox, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. BELOW RIGHT: Lynnzy Troxell, who was the second-leading rebounder for both teams with 9.

Cox scores 22 but unbeaten Mt. SAC wins

WALNUT (3-07-2015) -- Palomar closed to within four points in the final seconds, but undefeated Mt. SAC held on to defeat the Comets 60-54 in Saturday night's championship game of one of the two Southern California Regional women's basketball playoff brackets.

Keisha Cox scored 22 points for Palomar, high for both teams, and also had 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Melissa Allen had 8 points, Jessica Scott 6 points and Lynnzy Troxell scored 5 points to go along with 9 rebounds.

For Southern California No. 1 seed Mt. SAC (33-0), Priscilla Lopez was the leading scorer with 10 points as the Mounties, playing in their own gym, avoided the upset of the year. Sessharique Youngblood and Lashanique Youngblood each added 9 points for Mt. SAC.

Palomar turned the ball over 31 times, which cost the Comets the win and a trip to next week's CCCAA Final Four at Cerritos. Instead, the Mounties advance after barely keeping their hopes intact for their third state championship in the last four years and seventh state title in the last 12 years.

"I was very disappointed (with the turnovers)," coach Leigh Marshall said. "You can't expect to win with 31 turnovers."

Palomar, which had cut a six-point halftime deficit to 29-28 on a 3-pointer by Chelse Ayala with 17:27 to play, finishes its best season in history with a 26-4 record and its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. The Comets reached the Elite Eight with a 69-47 blowout victory last week on the road over defending state champion Ventura.

If Mt. SAC wins its seventh state championship, it will tie Ventura for the most state titles in history.

PC stuns defending state champions 69-47

VENTURA (3-04-2015) -- Palomar upset defending state community college champion Ventura 69-47 in the teams' Southern California Regional semifinal women's basketball game Friday night at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center.

The Comets' Keisha Cox (left) had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds playing much of the final 10 minutes with four fouls.

Tessa Balcom scored 17 points and dished off 4 assists. Melissa Allen had 11 points and Chelse Ayala (right) contributed 10 points. Mikaela Shannon pulled down 10 rebounds.

"Cox was a big key, obviously," coach Leigh Marshall said. "Ayala really stepped up off the bench. We got her some scoring opportunities and she contributed some steals. I thought the play of our point guards, Ayala and (Lee Lee) Tomlinson was critical for us. They played great defense on their point guard (Aubri Smith), who is their best player."

With the No. 5-seeded Comets down 17-16, Cox, Allen, Ayala and Ashleigh Barnes combined to outscore the fourth-seeded Pirates 14-2 in a run that put Palomar on top 30-19 with just over 3 minutes to play in the first half.

Ventura closed the gap, but the Ayala's layup in the final minute put the Comets up 32-24 and Cox fed Lynnzy Troxell underneath for a basket with 2 seconds remaining that made it 34-24 at intermission.

In the second half Balcom drained two 3-pointers and Allen added a bucket to put Palomar on top by 23 points late on the way to its seventh straight win.

Palomar (26-3) will play Mt. SAC (32-0), a winner over Cypress in one of two Southern California regional finals, in Walnut this Saturday for a spot in the state Final Four the following weekend at Cerritos College.

Ventura finishes the season 26-6.

ABOVE: 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. BELOW LEFT: Lynnzy Troxell, who had a game-high 10 rebounds and two big blocks.

Cox pulls Comets through at the end in victory

SAN MARCOS (2-28-2015) -- 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 defensively."

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 second half.

"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 up."

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.

BOX

Cox Player of Yr., All-State; Marshall honored

SAN DIEGO (2-21-2015) -- Conference champion Palomar swept the two major awards Saturday as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball coaches gathered at San Diego Miramar College for their 2015 post-season meeting.

Keisha Cox (left) was voted PCAC Player of the Year honors. She followed that up by being selected to the All-State first team by the California Community College Womnen's Basketball Coaches Association.

Leigh Marshall (right) was selected as the PCAC's Coach of the Year.

Palomar's other first-team All-PCAC selections were Melissa Allen, Jessica Scott and Tessa Balcom.  

The Comets' Lee Lee Tomlinson was voted to the second team.

Cox is a sophomore from Mission Hills High School who played one season at Saddleback College. Allen is a freshman from Mission Hills who transferred from Cal Berkeley. Scott is a sophomore from West Hills High School. Balcom is a sophomore from Ramona High School.

ABOVE: Comets celebrate their undisputed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship after beating San Diego Mesa 77-33 on Friday night in San Diego. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW: Keisha Cox

Cox gets 20; PC wins title outright as MSJ falls

SAN DIEGO (2-20-2015) -- Palomar closed out its women's basketball season with a 77-33 victory at San Diego Mesa Friday night behind Keisha Cox's 20 points, then found out it had won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship outright when Southwestern upset Mt. San Jacinto 66-52.

The Comets will find out their Southern California Regional seed on Monday.

"Keisha (Cox) played great," coach Leigh Marshall said.

Jessica Scott had 12 points for the Comets (24-3, 13-1). Ashleigh Barnes came off the bench and scored 10 points.

Palomar put 12 of its 13 players in the scoring column.

SAN MARCOS (5-30-2015) -- Palomar women's basketball players Keisha Cox and Tessa Balcom both have signed with four-year colleges.

Cox, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-state community college selection who led the Comets to a 26-4 record, the PCAC title and to within one game of the CCCAA State Championship Final Four, signed with Brandon University of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Cox couldn't sign with an Division I program because of Division I clock issues.

Balcom, a first-team All-PCAC selection, signed with the NAIA's Bacone College of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Cox, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Mission Hills High School, led Palomar scorers with an 18.5 season on her way to her all-state honors.

She'll join former Comet Mikaela Stanton, the Bobcats' second-leading scorer as a junior this past season, at Brandon.

Balcom, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard from Ramona High School, averaged 8.6 points per game.

PICTURED ABOVE: Keisha Cox (left) is pictured with her parents moments after signing with Brandon University. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. Tessa Balcom (right) signed with Bacone College. -- Photo by Melinda Finn

Tomlinson, Sumpter land NAIA scholarships

 

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