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Comets destroy Knights with 34-1 2nd quarter

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 Lynnzy Troxell.

Comets rock Arabs' world for their 20th win

SAN 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 scoring wealth.

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 fourth quarter.

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

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- 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 fall.

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 period.

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, Southwestern College

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 each.

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 85-29

SAN 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 four 3-pointers.

Ariana Hernandez and Alexus Barnes each scored 10 ppoints.

"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 MiraCosta 83-34

SAN 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, 0-7.

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

EL CAJON (1-21-2016) -- 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 Gym.

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 thee quarters.

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 blowout victory

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

IMPERIAL (1-15-2016) -- 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 Dome.


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.

SAN JACINTO (1-13-2016) -- 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 2-0.

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.

ABOVE: 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 Cox. BELOW: Lynnzy Troxell, who had 12 points, 11 rebounds and a block for the Comets

30-pt. 2nd quarter ignites PC in PCAC opener

SAN 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

SAN 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 p.m.

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

COSTA MESA (12-19-2015) --
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.

Quinesha Vanhook connected on 9-of-15 shots and scored 18 points to help lead the
state ninth-ranked Comets (10-2) past the Pirates. Roshell Lamug contributed 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Lamug was the tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Chelse Ayala, who had 9 points and 4 rebounds in the championship game, and Vanhook.

"It was someone different every night," coach Leigh Marshall said. "Last night (Friday) it was Mikaela Shannon, Ari Hernandez and Cheyenne Ertz."

Lamug is named conference's Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (12-22-2015) -- Palomar basketball player Roshell Lamug (left) has been selected by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as its Women's Athlete of the Week for Dec. 14-20.

Lamug, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard from Mission Hills High School, was voted Most Valuable Player honors as Palomar became the first team since 1990 to win back-to-back championships in Orange Coast College's Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic.

Lamug helped the Comets, who have relied on balanced scoring by everyone in uniform game after game in getting off to a 10-2 start and No. 9 state ranking, beat Chaffey 67-58 in their tourney opener as they outscored the Panthers 9-0 in overtime. Her 3-point with 3:04 remaining in the OT broke Chaffey's backs.

After Palomar's 64-50 victory over Irvine Valley in the semifinals, Lamug came back with 14 points and five rebounds and played an outstanding all-around game as Palomar defeated Orange Coast 80-68 in the championship game.

Shannon scores 15 as Comets reach title game

COSTA MESA (12-18-2015) -- Led by 15 points by Mikaela Shannon (left) Friday night, including a 9-for-10 performance from the free-throw line, Palomar's women's basketball squad battled its way into Saturday's finals of the 23rd Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic with a 64-50 win over Irvine Valley.

Coach Leigh Marshall's Comets will play the winner of Friday's late game between Orange Coast and Saddleback for the tournament title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Orange Coast's Peterson Gym..

Shannon also contributed 6 rebounds and 2 steals against the Lasers.

Chelse Ahala (11 points, 4 assists) and Quinesha Vanhook (10 points), 5 rebounds) joined Shannon in double figures as the state No. 9-ranked Comets advanced to 9-2 on the season. Irvine Valley is 8-4.

Ariana Hernandez had 9 points for Palomar.

Palomar outscores Chaffey 9-0 in OT for victory

COSTA MESA (12-17-2015) -- Palomar outscored Chaffey 9-0 in overtime to win its opening game in the Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic 67-58 on Thursday afternoon at Orange Coast College's Peterson Gym.

Cheyenne Ertz (left) scored 5 of the 9 points in the OT.

She put the Comets ahead 61-58 when she made a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw with 3:34 left in the extra session. Roshell Lamug's 3-point basket with 3:04 remaining made the score 64-58. Ertz added a layup with 2:30 left to make it 66-58, and Regina Sheffield's free throw with 1:30 to play gave Palomar its final 67-58 winning margin.

Lamug led another balanced scoring attack by the Comets with 13 points as 11 Palomar players put points on the board. Ariana Hernandez and Ertz each tallied 9 points Lynnzy Troxell and Mikaela Shannon added 6 points each.

Coach Leigh Marshall's Comets (8-2) , who retained their No. 9 state ranking this week behind No. 1 Mt. SAC and No. 2 Mt. San Jacinto, will play Irvine Valley, a 57-51 winner over College of the Canyons, in the chamionship semifinals on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Huskies upset Comets in finals at Cypress

CYPRESS (12-06-2015) -- After 15 lead changes, East Los Angeles College drew away late in the fourth quarter to upset the Palomar women's basketball team 83-73 Sunday in the championship game of the 32nd Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College.

The Huskies (7-3) put five players in double figures as they overcame double-figure scoring by the Comets' Lynnzy Troxell (left, 18 points and 10 rebounds), Roshell Lamug (right, 17 points and 4 assists before fouling out) and Regina Shefffield (13 points and 6 rebounds). Troxell went 7-for-11 from the field and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw stripe.

Mikaela Shannon had 7 points for Palomar (7-2) and led both teams in rebounds with 14. The Comets outrebounded East L.A. 49-32 and outscored the Huskies from the field 61-59. Palomar led at the end of the first three quarters 17-15, 39-38 and 57-56 before being outscored 27-16 in the fourth quarter.

East L.A. won the game from the line by converting 24-of-35 attempts.

PC 'charges' into Sunday's title game vs. ELA

CYPRESS (12-5-2015) -- Palomar, with Chelse Ayala (left) contributing 18 points and every player in uniform again scoring, turned back host Cypress 84-71 in the semifinals of the 32nd Lady Charger Classic on Saturday night.

Coach Leigh Marshall's Comets (7-1) move on to the championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m. against East Los Angeles, an 86-79 winner over Santa Monica in the other semifinal game in overtime.

Roshell Lamug (right) tallied 12 points and Regina Sheffield led in rebounds with 12 (7 of them on the offensive board). Ayala, who also made 8-of-11 free throws, had 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Tatiana Navarro and Allie Israel each scored 8 points. Lynnzy Troxell added 7 points to go along with 5 rebounds.

Palomar made 23-of-35 free throw attempts and also outrebounded the Chargers 49-40.

Israel's five 3-pointers help Palomar roll by 28

CYPRESS (12-4-2015) -- Allie Israel (left) knocked down 5 three-pointers on 6 attempts on Friday night as Palomar's women's basketball team opened play in the 32nd Charger Classic by blowing out West Los Angeles 74-46.

The Comets (6-1) will play tournament host Cypress College (5-1), a 106-45 winner over Los Angeles Southwest, in Saturday's semifinals at 7 p.m. The 5 p.m. semifinal will match Santa Monica, a 62-52 winner over Grossmont, and East Los Angeles, which held off Orange Coast 79-72. The tournament will run through Sunday with the championship game at 3 p.m.

Israel and Regina Sheffield (right) each tallied 15 points as all 13 players Palomar players scored. Sheffield also contributed 11 rebounds, 5 on the offensive board, and had 4 steals. Roshell Lamug and Alexus Barnes each added 7 points.

The Comets held West Los Angeles' Zhane Carter, who came into the game as the leading scorer in the state with a 31.3 average and a high of 43 points in a 75-41 victory over Los Medanos on Nov. 17, to 14 points, 17 points under her average.

Palomar led 21-9, 37-23 and 45-35 at the quarter marks, then blew West L.A. out in the fourth quarter 29-11.

Tatiana Malmot led the Wildcats with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Palomar blows out Rio Hondo, advances to 5-1

COSTA MESA (11-20-2015) -- The Palomar women's basketball team made it back-to-back wins in two days at the Orange Coast Crossover on Friday night, running past Rio Hondo 65-40.

The Comets opened up a 20-5 lead after one quarter, were on top 40-11 at the half and continued on to their fifth win in six games. Their biggest lead was 33 points with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

Fifteen Palomar players saw action, with no one playing more than 22 of the regulation 40 minutes as coach Leigh Marshall made use of her entire roster.

Victoria Stewart (left) led the Comets with 12 points. Quinesha Vanhook (right) had eight points and six rebounds. Roshell Lamug, Regina Sheffield and Lynnzy Troxell also contributed six rebounds each. Palomar put 13 players in the scoring column.

Next up for the Comets: a 13-day break before they play in the 32nd Annual Lady Charger Classic Dec. 4-6 at Cypress College. Palomar will play the 8 p.m. game the first day against West Los Angeles. 

Sheffield's 3-pointer beats Valley with :03 left

COSTA MESA (11-19-2015) -- Regina Sheffield (left) hit a 3-point shot off a pass from Lynnzy Troxel (right) with :03 to play Thursday night, giving Palomar a 61-58 victory over Los Angeles Valley on the first day of the Orange Coast Cross-Over at Peterson Gym.

The Comets, leading most of the game, fell behind 58-56 before Troxell's jumper tied the game at the 1:02 mark.

Sheffield led Palomar (4-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two steals. Troxell joined her in double figures with 11 points and also pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks.

Deajanae Harvey had seven points, five rebounds and three steals for the Comets. Mikaela Shannon had eight rebounds. Tatiana Navarro and Roshell Lamug contributed six points each.

The Comets led the Monarchs, who were opening their season, at the quarter marks 10-7, 22-14 and 39-32.

Palomar plays Rio Hondo today at 5:30 p.m. to conclude the Comets' appearance in the two-day event.

Missed FT's cost PC lead, game; two all-tourney

SAN JACINTO (11-15-2015) -- The Palomar women's basketball team, leading almost the whole game, went 0-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 2 minutes and lost to host Mt. San Jacinto 70-67 in the finals of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tipoff Tournament on Sunday.

The Eagles (3-0), outscored from the field, won the game and the tournament by outscoring the Comets (3-1) from the free throw line 17-8. Palomar went 8-for-21 from the line, forced 34 MSJ turnovers but were outrebounded 63-50.

Roshell Lamug (No. 14 in picture) had 21 points and 2 assists in the championship game and was named to the all-tournament team along with Palomar teammate Lynnzy Troxell (No. 44), who had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Deajanae Harvey had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 assists. Cheyenne Ertiz contributed 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Chelse Ayala scored 10 points.

"We made some bad decisions (late in the game) and couldn't finish around the bucket," coach Leigh Marshall said. "Those were crucial mixed free throws."

For Mt. San Jacinto, the 2012-13 state tournament runner-up which finished second in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference behind Palomar last season, Britney Thomas scored 23 points and Sarina Johnson added 20 points.

Photo courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto College

Palomar routs Chaffey, reaches tourney finals

SAN JACINTO (11-14-2015) -- Led by 18 points off the bench from Ariana Hernandez (left), Palomar's women's basketball squad ran past Chaffey 84-43 on Saturday to reach Sunday's championship game of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tipoff Tournament.

The Comets (3-0) broke the game open with a 29-point second quarter to lead 44-20 at the half over the Panthers, who entered the game 3-0.

Palomar put all 14 players in the scoring column in advancing into the title game at 3 p.m. Sunday against tournament host Mt. San Jacinto (2-0), an 81-45 winner over Citrus.

Cheyenne Ertz had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals for the Comets. Mikaela Shannon contributed 9 points, and Victoria Stewart and and Allie Israel each tallied 7 points. Regina Sheffield led in rebounds with 7. Quinesha Vanhook had 6 boads.

Troxell, Comets win, face Chaffey in semis

SAN JACINTO (11-13-2015) -- Lynnzy Troxell (left) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 16 rebounds, 10 on the offensive board, as Palomar's women's basketball squad opened play in the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tipoff Tournament on Friday with a 62-52 win over Antelope Valley.

Troxell did all that in just 22 minutes.

The Comets (2-0) will play Chaffey (3-0), a 64-56 winner over Orange Coast, in the championship semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Mt. San Jacinto College gym. The tournament runs through Sunday.

Deajanae Harvey, also coming off the bench, scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in 24 minutes for Palomar.

Ariana Hernandez added nine points. Tatiana Navarro added seven points. Roshell Lamug, Reginal Sheffield, Cheyenne Ertz and Vinessa Perryman each had six points. Lemug passed off for four assists.

The Marauders were able to keep the game as close as it was by going 13-for-27 from the free throw line. The Comets were 4-for-11 from the line.

Palomar led at the quarter marks 17-12, 30-20 and 45-32.

ABOVE: Allie Israel, a freshman guard from Mission Hills High School, sets up for one of two second-half 3-pointers she buried during Palomar's season-opening 86-60 blowout win over visiting Santa Ana. BELOW LEFT: Alexus Barnes takes the ball to the bucket for two points. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Regina Sheffield, who led 13 Comets in the scoring column with 12 second-half points.

PC puts 13 in scoring column in opening rout 

SAN MARCOS (11-05-2015) -- Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar women's basketball team picked up Wednesday night where it left off at the end of a 26-4 season a year ago, running past Santa Ana 86-60 in a non-conference game at The Dome.

The Comets, coming off a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship season that saw them fall one win short of qualifying for the CCCAA State Tournament Final Four, put 13 players in the scoring column. Marshall rotated five players at a time throughout the game, keeping the Dons on their heals with Palomar's trademark fast-breaking offense and full-court pressure defense.

Palomar, playing at home for the only time prior to hosting Long Beach City College on Jan. 2, jumped in front early 6-0 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Victoria Stewart and Roshell Lamug in its first game ever playing with women's college basketball's new quarters format.

The Comets were up 19-13 after one quarter, then blew the game open by outscoring Santa Ana in the second period 25-16 to lead 44-29 at halftime. It was 68-44 after three quarters.

Regina Sheffield, a freshman guard from Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, led Palomar's balanced-scoring offense with 12 points, all coming in the second half. Ariana Hernandez and Mikaela Shannon each scored 9 points. Roshell Lamug, Quinesha Vanhook and Lynnzy Troxell had 8 points apiece.

Troxell led in rebounds with 7. Sheffield had 5 rebounds. Shannon and Cheyenne Ertz each had 4. Chelse Ayala contributed 4 steals.

The Comets will return to action next Friday night, on Nov. 13, when they play Antelope Valley in the opening round of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament at Mt. San Jacinto College. The eight-team event runs through a week from Sunday.

PCAC champions open season vs. Santa Ana

SAN MARCOS (11-04-2015) -- Palomar's defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion women's squad will begin its 2015-16 season at The Dome on Thursday night.

The Comets, who went 26-4 and reached the championship game of one of two Southern California Regional brackets a year ago, will host Santa Ana College at The Dome.

Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.

Palomar, which fell one win short of reaching the CCCAA State Final Four a year ago under coach Leigh Marshall (above), is ranked third in Southern California behind No. 1 Mt. SAC, the team that beat the Comets 60-54 in the Regional finals a year ago, and 2013-14 state champion Ventura, the team Palomar blew out 69-47 in last season's Regional semifinals on the Pirates' court.

Off-Season ...

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

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

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.

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.


SAN 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.



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