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Chelsea Ayala scores for Palomar in the third
quarter of Wednesday's regional semifinal game
against Mt. SAC. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets can't overcome No. 1 Mounties'
(3-02-2016) -- Palomar will remember the 24-5
season, the 12-game winning streak from Jan. 6 through Feb. 26,
the 59-48 upset OF Mt. San Jacinto that ended the Eagles' 24-0
run one month ago this upcoming Saturday and the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference co-championship.
Wednesday's 74-56 Southern California
Regional Semifinal loss to No. 1 seed and 31-1 Mt. SAC on the
Mounties floor? That's one night the Comets would just as soon
The Mounties started fast, the Comets
started slowly and the result was fatal as Palomar came back
from a 21-2 deficit after one quarter to outscore Mt. SAC the
rest of the way 54-43, which left coach Leigh Marshall's club 18
Chelse Ayala took game scoring honors
with 15 points, one point more than the Mounties' leading
scorer, Jonnae Vermillion. Allie Israel (left, 13 points) also
scored in double figures for the Comets, and Vinessa Peryman
added eight points.
But Mt. SAC built a 60-23 advantage
on the boards Ayala was the Comets' leading rebounder with six.
For the South Coast North Division champion Mounties, eight
players had at least six rebounds.
On this night, the usual success of
Palomar's full-court pressure defense wasn't enough.
"We turned them over 30 times, but
couldn't overcome (the) massive rebounding deficit," Marshall
Roshell Lamug scores two of her 13
points midway through the first quarter Friday night at The
Dome, putting the Comets up 11-7. Palomar turned back College of
the Canyons 77-54.-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets run away from Cougars in
MARCOS (2-26-2016 / 2027-2016) --
Palomar broke open its round 2 game
in the Southern California Community College Women's Basketball
Regionals with a 27-13 second quarter and went on to eliminate
College of the Canyons 77-54 on Friday night in The Dome.
The eighth-seeded Comets (24-4) move
on to the third round at No. 1 seed Mt. SAC (30-1) in Walnut.
The Mounties defeated one of the play-in survivors, Orange
Coast, on Saturday night 78-49.
Canyons (23-6), the No. 9 seed, goes
home. Both teams received first-round byes.
The Comets put 11 players in the
scoring column, led by Roshell Lamug (left,13 points, 3 assists,
4 steals), Regina Sheffield (left, 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4
steals, 3 assists) and Chelse Ayala (right, 10 points). Mikaela
Shannon added 8 points and 7 rebounds, Lynnzy Troxell had 9
points and Vinessa Perryman had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4
Leading by 17-13 after one quarter,
Palomar opened up a 10-point lead for the first time on
Perryman's bucket with 6:46 left in the half and drew away from
there. Troxell scored 7 of her 9 points in the second period.
PC lands 3 on first team, home to
DIEGO / SAN MARCOS (2-20-2016) -- After landing three
players on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team,
the Palomar women's basketball squad will open the Southern
California Community Playoffs at home in The Dome on Friday at 7
The Comets (23-4), the No. 8 seed,
received a bye in Wednesday's round 1 and will be home to the
ninth seed, College of the Canyons (23-5), which also received a
bye, in Friday's second-round game.
Palomar sophomore forward Lynnzy
Troxell (left), sophomore guard Chelse Ayala (right) and
freshman guard Roshell Lamug were named to the All-PCAC first
team selected by conference coaches. Freshman guard Regina
Sheffield and freshman forward Mikaela Shannon were named to the
second team. Mt. San Jacinto forward Britney Thomas received
Player of the Year honors and the Eagles' Chris Mozga was named
Coach of the Year.
If Palomar beats Canyons, the Comets
will play in the third round next Wednesday, March 2, against
either No. 1 seed Mt. SAC (29-1) or the winner of a play-in
round 1 game between No. 16 Orange Coast (15-13) or No. 17 Los
Angeles Valley (14-13) at the home of the higher seed.
The eventual winner of the bracket,
along with the winner of the other SoCal bracket will advance to
the CCCAA State Final Four on March 12-13 at Las Positas College
Palomar’s Alexus Barnes scores on
a put-back in Friday night’s 87-23 blowout of rival MiraCosta on
the road. – Photo by Hugh Cox
PC blitzes MiraCosta 87-32,
ties for PCAC title
OCEANSIDE (2-19-2016) --
Palomar's fourth-ranked women's basketball team finished the
regular season at 23-4 and tied for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Association championship with Mt. San Jacinto at 13-1 on Friday,
flattening MiraCosta 87-32 on the road.
Victoria Stewart, playing her
final regular-season game for Palomar, sparked the Comets to
their 11th win in a row entering the Southern California
"(Stewart) played one of the best
games of her college career tonight," coach Leigh Marshall said.
"She flew around defensively and
was a force on offense. She played incredibly hard."
The Spartans finished a
winless season at 0-23 (0-14 for last place in the conference).
The Southern California seeding
meeting will be Monday.