Palomar (18-2) continues to pound PCAC foes
MARCOS (1-28-2015) --
Palomar, the state's sixth-ranked community
college women's basketball team, continues to
pillage through its Pacific Coast Athletic
Wednesday night's victim was San Diego Mesa as the
Comets (18-2, 7-0) continued to rotate their entire
roster in and out of the game on the way to an 80-38
After 76-68 and 80-68 victories to open the PCAC
season, Palomar's last five conference wins have
come by scores of 85-48, 74-55, 84-44, 83-48 and
Tessa Balcom (left, 13 points), Jessica Scott
(right, 13), Keisha Cox (10) and Ashleigh Barnes
(10) led the Comets' balanced attack by scoring in
double figures. Melissa Allen and Mikaela Shannon
each added 8 points. Palomar led 42-18 at the half.
Conference honors Comets' Allen as AOTW
DIEGO (1-26-2015) --
Palomar basketball player Melissa Allen (right) has
been selected as Women's Athlete of the Week by the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Allen, a 5-foot-6 freshman
guard from Mission Hills High School, has been a key
factor at both ends of the court as the Palomar
women's team has gone 7-2 on the season and 6-0 to lead
the PCAC and are ranked No. 6 in the state in the
California Community College Women's Basketball
Coaches Association poll.
The Comets are tied
for No. 2 in Southern California.
In last week's games, Allen
scored 12 points in the Comets' 84-44 victory over
Grossmont and contributed 9 points and 11 rebounds
in their 83-48 win over North County rival MiraCosta.
Palomar coach Leigh Marshall talks to her
team during timeout Friday night in the Comets'
83-48 win at rival MiraCosta.
BELOW: Jessica Scott, who had
15 points and 8 rebounds, outjumps
MiraCosta's Erica Windham at the opening tip-off. --
Photos by Stephen Davis. BELOW RIGHT:
Ashley Barnes, who contributed 12 points and 9
Comets roll up CA 78 rivals with big
California Highway 78 rival MiraCosta kept
it close for a while Friday night. But first-place and state No.
6-ranked Palomar blew the Spartans out in the second half to
take home an 83-48 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's
basketball victory on the road.
On a night that Brogan Griffin scored
27 of MiraCosta's 48 points, the Comets (17-2, 6-0 in
conference) pounded the upset-minded Spartans (4-12, 2-4) with
another team effort.
Jessica Scott led Palomar with 15
points and 8 rebounds. Ashley Barnes had 12 points and 9
rebounds. Keisha Cox contributed 12 points and 8 assists. Tessa
Balcom scored 12 points. Melissa Allen had 9 points and 11
rebounds. And Lee Lee Tomlinson chipped in with 6 assists and 4
"They kept it close for most of the
first half," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "You have to
give credit to them for being able to slow the game down. In the
second half, we were able to speed up the tempo, pick the pace
up and play more our style."
And win by 45 points in the process.
The Comets edged their lead out to 14 points at
halftime at 35-21 before blitzing the Spartans 48-27
in the second half.
Ashley Barnes (20) and
Tessa Balcom (background) are active in Palomar's
pressing defense in Wednesday's 84-44 rout of
visiting Grossmont. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Palomar runs 3rd-place
Griffs into the ground
Palomar's transition offense and smothering
pressing defense turned Wednesday night's matchup with visiting
Grossmont into a major blow-out as the state No. 6-ranked Comets
rolled to an 84-44 Pacific Coast Conference victory.
Keisha Cox (19 points, 11 in the second
half) and Lynnzy Troxell (18 points off the bench) led five
Palomar players in double figures as the Comets throttled the
third-place Griffins to remain alone atop the conference with a
Melissa Allen (12 points, Tessa Balcom
(10) and Ashleigh Barnes (10) also scored in double figures. Lee
Lee Tomlinson was the next high scorer with 7 points.
Palomar, which is 16-2 overall, led
43-32 at halftime, then blew the visitors out of The Dome in the
"Keisha (Cox) led us offensively and
did a great job on the boards," coach Leigh Marshall said.
"Lynnzy (Troxell) did a great job off the bench. She brought a
lot of energy onto the floor. And Melissa Allen is our steady
leader right now.
"In these past two days of practice,
we've been sluggish and stagnant, and I think we came out in the
first half that way. I was really happy with our energy and fire
kn the second half, when we stopped fouling and causing too many
dead-ball situations. For us to be successful we have to keep
the clock running, get up and down the floor and turn our
defense into offense. We did that in the second half."
Added Marshall: "Now we just have to
transition that to practice tomorrow (Thursday) and into our
The Comets visit rival MiraCosta on
Friday at 5 p.m.
Cox leads PC past City with 16 pts., 14
DIEGO (1-16-2015) --
Keisha Cox's 16
points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals were too much for
San Diego City College to handle Friday night as Palomar
advanced to 4-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a
74-55 women's basketball victory at Harry West Gymnasium.
The Comets (15-2 overall) took over
undisputed first place in the conference as Mt. San Jacinto
handed Grossmont its first conference loss 57-49. The Eagles and
Griffins are tied for second with 3-1 PCAC marks.
Tessa Balcom (left) and Cox (right)
combined for 21 first-half points as Palomar led 36-25 at
intermission. Balcom had 11 points points in the opening half.
Cox scored 10 points.
Balcom (15 points, 4 steals), Lee Lee
Tomlinson (11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) and Melissa Allen
(10 points, 7 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the
Comets in the game. Nyaduop Lam scored 16 to lead City College.
Palomar's Daijon Sumpter takes the ball downcourt to score as
the clock winds down in the final minute. Ashley Barnes (20)
trails the play. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT:
Jessica Scott, who led the Comets
with 15 points. BELOW RIGHT:
Barnes, who had 12 points for the winners
Palomar rolls to 50-point win,
goes 14-2, 3-0
MARCOS (1-14-2015) --
The Palomar women's basketball team jumped
out to a 42-12 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the first half
and continued on to an 88-38 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
victory over Imperial Valley on Wednesday night at The Dome.
The Comets put all 12 players they had
in uniform in the scoring column as coach Leigh Marshall
shuffled them in and out of the game.
Jessica Scott (15 points) and Ashleigh
Barnes (12 points) scored in double figures as Palomar advanced
to 14-2 on the season and 3-0 in the PCAC. Keisha Cox, Lee Lee
Tomlinson and Promyse Reed each had 9 points.
Ana Rodriguez scored 11 points for
Imperial Valley (1-12, 0-3).
The Comets jumped out to a 9-0 lead in
the game's first 2 minutes and 32 seconds on a 3-pointer by
Tessa Balcom, Cox's basket, two free throws by Balcom and a
bucket by Melissa Allen. They and never looked back.
Palomar was up 54-21 at the half.
The Comets are tied for first place
with Grossmont, a 75-62 winner over Southwestern on Wednesday
Jessica Scott, Palomar's second-leading
scorer with 15 points, heads to the bucket for an uncontested
layup early in Friday night's game. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Cox's 30 points help Palomar
maul Mt. San Jac
SAN MARCOS (1-09-2015) --
In a battle of the two co-favorites in the
Pacific Coast Conference, Palomar's women's basketball team
trampled visiting Mt. San Jacinto 80-68 on Friday night at The
Keisha Cox led the way for the Comets
(13-2, 2-0 in conference) with a 30-point outburst. She scored
16 of those points in sparking Palomar to a 47-31 lead at the
Jessica Scott (15 points), Melissa
Allen (12 points) and Chelse Ayala (10 points) also scored in
double figures for coach Leigh Marshall's club.
The Eagles, who saw their record dip to
13-4 on the season, 1-1 in conference, were led by Johnette
Brown's 16 points.
Palomar's Keisha Cox dribbles upcourt in
Wednesday's win over Southwestern. -- Photo
by Russell Scoffin. DIRECTLY ABOVE:
Melissa Allen defends against the Jaguars'
Anessa Wolfblack. -- Photo by Stephen Davis
Comets begin PCAC with
win over Jaguars
SAN DIEGO (1-07-2015) --
Palomar tipped off its
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball season on
Wednesday evening with a 76-68 road victory over Southwestern.
Melissa Allen stepped
up big for the Comets (12-2, 1-0) with 18
points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
"(Allen) was huge for us," coach Leigh
Tessa Balcom scored 11 points, most of
them in crucial situations.
Shannon came off the bench, played hard and
sparked us," Marshall said. "She was very solid
on defense and also contributed with 5 points and 3 rebounds."
Keisha Cox, the Comets' leading season
scorer, overcame turnover problems to contribute 16 points
including a 7-for-9 night at the free throw line, 8 rebounds, 7
assists and 3 blocks.
Palomar plays its home
conference opener on Friday at 6 p.m. at The
Dome vs. Mt. San Jacinto.
ABOVE: Palomar's Jessica
Scott (52) reaches for the ball in Saturday's
Long Beach City College's Jakerra Waddell grabs her
arm. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW LEFT: