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Strong defense demolishes Mustangs

By Lorenzo Morotti, associate editor
On February 17, 2014

  • Comet guard Jewel Rodgers jumps up for a layup during CCC's game against Los Medanos College in the Gymnasium on Feb. 12. George Morin / The Advocate
  • Comet guard Ahjahna Coleman jumps up for a layup during CCC's game against Los Medanos College in the Gymnasium on Feb. 12. George Morin / The Advocate

A 'relentless' women's basketball team routed Los Medanos College 106-77 by sinking over 80 percent of its shots at the free-throw line and tallying ten 3-pointers in the Gymnasium on Feb. 12.
The win clinched second place in the Bay Valley Conference for the Comets, one spot beneath first place Solano Community College who boasts a perfect conference record of 13-0.
"CCC (18-7 Overall, 10-3 in the BVC) is in second place, they've had a good year but we want to try to get in there and spoil their season," LMC coach Richard Villegas said pre-game. "It's a rivalry game," he said.
The Mustangs (6-18 Overall, 2-11 in the BVC) zone defensive coverage tactic left minimal space near the paint for a Comet player to drive into in hopes that it would force CCC players to take long distance shots and miss.
Instead LMC struggled with committing fouls on Comet guards Jewel Rogers, Tynisha Adams, and Ahjahna Coleman as they constantly drove in between players in search of the basket.
All three players individually scored more than 60 percent of their attempts at the free-throw line; 44-points total.
The Mustangs committed 14 fouls against the Comets in the first half, and 18 during the second to accumulate 32 fouls at the final buzzer.
"They were relentless going to the basket," Comet coach Paul DeBolt said. "They did everything they were suppose to."
Terrible passing plagued the Mustangs as they gifted turnovers again and again with bad passes caused by the Comets full-court press.
In some occasions, the ball went directly to a CCC player who played the full-court offensive. Rogers and Joie Wyatt won most of the rebounds with eight a piece.
Wyatt was more productive than Rogers on each counter-attack by scoring seven layups on the break to Rogers two.
"Pressure pops pipes," Comet assistant coach Keith Allison said. "It made the other team fold a little bit."
The Comets defensive pressure forced LMC players to panic and hesitate while in possession of the ball.
This gave Comet guards Raven Caldwell and Adams a chance to get a hand on the ball to pop it out of attacking players clutches.
Both players were able to score once after stealing the ball on a half court break.
Three-pointers propelled the Comets into the triple-digits while the free throws kept them slightly ahead of the Mustangs who were sinking 2-pointers by swinging the ball along the 3-point line until lead scorer Mustangs guard Lakeshia Ward cut her way to the baseline to score a clean layup. Ward scored 18-points from this distance.
At nine minutes left to play the score was 81-54 with the Comets leading the Mustangs. Movement on either side of the court was frantic and quick.
A back and fourth exchange began, what set them apart was the four back-to-back 3-pointers that Caldwell and Rogers sunk while LMC was only able to produce points in the paint or from the free-throw line.
With 6 minutes left in the game the Comets remained in the lead, 95-68. After this all but four of CCC's points were scored from the free-throw line, bringing the game score to 106-77.
"This is a pretty scary group," Allison said. "When we make it to the playoffs I don't think three is any team that will be eager to play us."
The Comets are scheduled to play their next game on the road at College of Marin on Feb. 14. 

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