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Marshall State Coach of Yr. again;
(3-12-2017) -- For the second time in
the last three seasons, Palomar's Leigh
Marshall has been honored as California
Community College Women's Basketball
Coach of the Year, this time after
guiding the Comets to a 28-3 record and
spot in the state tournament semifinals.
The Comets, who fielded the shortest team in the State
Tournament Elite Eight as Las Positas College, became
both the first San Diego County women's basketball team
and the first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team to
reach both the Elite Eight and the first to reach the
Final Four in the state tournament.
During the regular season, Marshall's Comets rolled
through the PCAC North Division undefeated to win the
In addition, Palomar's 5-foot-1 sophomore guard Ariana
Hernandez, facing much bigger opponents during both of
her two seasons as a Comet, was selected to the
All-State Tournament team. Hernandez is a product of
Murrieta Valley High School.
ABOVE: Megan Scott takes the ball to the basket to score
after her own steal late in the fourth quarter against
Siskiyous in Palomar's state semifinal game on Saturday
evening in Livermore. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:
Ariana Hernandez, who scored 22 points in her final game
as a Comet
PC closes best
season in state semifinal loss
(3-11-2017) -- Palomar fell behind by 17
points after one quarter in a state
semifinal game Saturday, making only
1-of-17 shots, then closed to 3 points but
ran out of gas and dropped a 73-51
decision to College of the Siskiyous,
from Weed, CA near the Oregon border.
Along the way,
the Comets saw their most successful
women's basketball season in history end
with a 28-3 record in the game at Las
Pasitas College. Siskiyous (31-1)
extended its winning streak to 29 games,
while Palomar saw its longest-ever win
streak end at 20 games.
Ariana Hernandez (left) went out in
style for the Comets, ending her
two-season community college career with
22 points in the game, burying 6 shots
from behind the 3-point arc, and hauling
Sheffield scored 9 points and also
contributed 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Roshell Lamug contributed 6
points and 4 assists. Kaylee Puckett had 4 points and 5
rebounds, Christina Ellis 4 points and 4
rebounds. Megan Scott 4 added points and
Monica Todd had 2.
"It was so disappointing to end the
year like that," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "Siskiyous
is a great team that plays high IQ basketball and they play
togehter. It was hard to end like that.
"Regina Sheffield played so hard, and
so did Ariana Hernandez."
and Megan Dailey finished with 24 points
each for the Eagles. Destiny Jones had
ABOVE: Ariana Hernandez sets to
take a 3-point shot that put the Comets up 70-63 with
4:26 remaining in Friday night's 74-70 victory over
College of the Sequoias in a state quarterfinal game in
Livermore. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Regina
Sheffield, who led Palomar with 21 points and 10
Giants, will play in state semis
LIVERMORE (3-10-2017) -- Palomar pinned
a 74-70 loss on a bigger College of the
Sequoias team, the No. 1 seed out of
Northern California, on Friday evening
and will play College of the Siskiyous
in the CCCAA State Tournament semifinals
on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Regina Sheffield (left, 21 points on 10-of-14
shooting, 10 rebounds) came up with a
huge game for the Comets (28-2) as they
led the rest of the way after falling
behind against the Giants (27-4) early.
Christina Ellis (14 points, 7 rebounds,
4 assists and 6 steals) and Monica Todd
(12 points) also scored in double
figures for coach Lee Marshall's squad,
which led 28-26, 46-43 and 60-56 at the
Cheyenne Ertz had 9 rebounds and 4
assists. Kendall Crosby, Kaylee Puckett
and Roshell Lamug each contributed 5
College of the Siskiyous will bring a
30-1 record into Saturday's semifinal
game with the Comets after a 93-81
quarterfinal victory over East Los
Angeles earlier Friday. The Eagles will
bring a 28-game winning streak into
Saturday's game. The Comets have won 20
In the other half of the bracket, Mt.
SAC (31-2) turned back Foothill 58-46.
The Mounties, ranked No. 1 in the state
and the top seed out of Southern
California, will play Ventura (28-5), a
79-66 winner over City College of San
Francisco (27-4), in the other semifinal
at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The chamionship game is slated for 3:30
p.m. Sunday as Las Positas College.
Ellis honored by PCAC
DIEGO (3-06-2017) -- Palomar guard Christina Ellis who scored 20
points to help lead the Comets' basketball team to its 19th
straight win and into this weekend's State Championship
Tournament, has has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.
Ellis, a 5-foot-7 sopohomore guard who
played for Torrey Pines High School and as a community college
freshman for Eastern Arizona, went 5-for-8 on field goals and
10-for-14 from the free throw line as the Comets went on the
road and beat down Cypress 104-92 in their third-round CCCAA
Southern California Regional game.
With the victory, coach Leigh
Marshall's PCAC North Division champion Comets advanced to 27-2
on the season and will play Northern California No. 1 seed
College of the Sequoias in a state quarterfinal game on Friday
at 5 p.m. in Livermore. A win would put Palomar into the
semifinals on Friday at the same time. The championship game
will be played at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
104-92 and reach state finals
(3-04-2017) -- Ariana Hernandez (left)
scored 27 points, Kendall Crosby (right)
21 points and Christina Ellis 20 on
Saturday night, leading Palomar past
host Cypress 104-92 in a Southern
California Regional championship game.
The Comets (27-2), who have inherited
the No. 4 South seed, will play No. 1
North seed College of the Sequoias
Friday at 5 p.m. at Las Positas College in
Livermore in a state quarterfinal game.
The state finals will continue on
Saturday with the championship game on
Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Hernandez knocked down 7-of-14 shots
from behind the 3-point arc. Crosby was
7-for-12 from behind the arc, and the
Comets made 17-of-35 on 3-pointers for
owns a 19-game win streak, led 21-9 late
in the first quarter and was in front
most of the night, but fell behind at
the half 49-47 on a 3-pointer by Cypress
(24-7) with 13 seconds remaining in the
also scored in double figures for the
Comets with 15 points. Regional Sheffield
added 8 points, Kaylee Puckett 7,
Cheyenne Ertz 4 and Monica Todd 2.
Ertz led in
rebounds with 9 and also dished off 8
assists. Ellis was 10-for-14 from the
free throw stripe.
Kendall Crosby (also pictured below)
knocks down one of her seven
3-pointers with 4:13 left in the
first half, pulling Palomar to
within a point of Orange Coast at
28-27 in the teams' Southern
California Regional game at The
Dome. On the Comets' next
possession, her layup put the Comets
on top for the first time. Crosby
scored a game-high 23 points to save
Palomar from an upset loss. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox
Comets hold off upset bid by Coast
MARCOS (2-24-2017) (2-25-2017)-- Visiting
Orange Coast College gave Palomar
the scare of its life in the teams'
second-round Southern California
Community College Regional game on
Friday night in The Dome.
The Pirates led 15-4 late in the
first quarter, were on top with just
left in the game and stuck around
until the very end.
But a late 3-pointer from the left
corner by Kendall Crosby (left),
followed by a key monster block by
Roshell Lamug and two free throws
each by Lamug, Christina Ellis and
Kaylee Pucket in the closing seconds
made the difference as the Comets
(26-2) held off the Pirates 80-77.
Crosby led all scorers with 23
points and knocked down 7-of-11
shots from behind the 3-point arc.
Regina Sheffield scored 13 points
and pulled down 7 rebounds. Ariana
Hernandez drained 4 threes and
finished with 13 points. Monica Todd
had 8 points and 7 rebounds before
fouling out. Lamug and Ellis each
added 7 points.
Palomar, which defeated Orange Coast
70-46, 74-44 and 90-53 in three
regular-season games, will play the
winner of Saturday night's
Cypress-Moorpark game next Saturday
in one of four SoCal regional
championship games for a spot in the
CCCAA State Tournament elite eight
March 10-12 at Las Positas College
But coach Leigh Marshall hopes the
Comets learned something from
"Orange Coast College deserved to
win (the) game," Marshall said.
"They came out on fire and never
dropped off. They had some big-time
shots and I thought they outplayed
"We are supposed to hang our hat on
defense but definitely did not win
the defensive battle tonight. They
handled our press perfectly and we
were out of position and out of
rotations all night. We got lucky to
get away with this one."
Danielle Obong (19 points), Sarah
Nunes (18) and Chyann Pendergrass
(17) led Orange Coast scorers.
Cypress defeated Moorpark 58-41 on
Saturday night and will host the
Comets as the postseason continues
next Saturday evening, March 4.
ABOVE: Palomar's Roshell Lamug, a
sophomore guard out of Mission Hills
High School, is the PCAC North
Division's women's basketball Player
of the Year. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW: Coach of the Year Leigh
Lamug is Player of Year; Marshall
Coach of Year
DIEGO (2-18-2017) -- Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference North Division
coaches selected Palomar's Roshell
Lamug as Player of the Year on
Saturday. Lamug helped lead the
Comets to a 25-2 regular season,
their third straight conference
championship and its fourth in the
last five years.
Palomar's Leigh Marshall was voted
Coach of the Year honors.
PC teammates joining Lamug on the
all-conference first team are
Cheyenne Ertz, Ariana Hernandez and
Lamug is a sophomore guard from
Mission Hills High School. Ertz is
also a sophomore guard out of
Mission Hills. Hernandez is a
sophomore guard from Murrieta Valley
High. And Todd is a freshman guard
from Mission Hills.
Two Comets were selected to the
second team -- Regina Sheffield, a
sophomore guard from Paloma Valley
High in Menifee and Allie Israel, a
sophomore guard from Mission Hills.
Palomar's sophomores, shown here with
their coaches, celebrated Sophomore
Night by beating COD by 69 points in the Comets'
final home regular-season game on
Wednesday night. -- Photo by Hugh
PC rolls 95-26, runs winning streak
SAN MARCOS (2-15-2017) -- Palomar's
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
North women's basketball champions
ran their win streak to 16 games by
beating visiting College of the
Desert 95-26 on Wednesday night and
will close the regular season Friday
Monica Todd came up big again for
the Comets (24-2, 7-0), scoring 26
points. She went 12-for-18 from the
floor and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
Ariana Hernandez scored 17 points,
going 6-for-8 from the floor
including a 5-for-6 night from
behind the 3-point arc.
Cheyenne Ertz contributed 15 points
and 9 rebounds. Roshell Lamug scored
The Comets shot 55 percent from the
field in the first quarter, 55.6
percent in the second quarter and
60.0 percent in the third quarter.
The score was 28-4 after one
quarter, 49-11 at halftime and 77-20
after three periods.
Despite 2 more wins, PC falls to 4th
PASADENA (2-15-2017) -- Despite
winning both its games last week by
a combined score of 182 points to
has dropped one spot to No. 4 in the
California Community College Sports
Information Association's state
The newly-crowned Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference champion Comets
(23-2) trail No. 1 East Los Angeles
(24-2), No. 2 Mt. SAC (26-2) and No.
3 Sierra (23-3), the top team in
switched places with coach Leigh
Marshall's squad after defeating
current No. 11-ranked Diablo Valley.