Comets out gas Mariners, 74-54
Comet guard Ahjahna Colemon goes up for a layup during CCC's game against College of Marin at Kentfield on Feb. 14. George Morin / The Advocate
KENTFIELD-The Comets blistering full-court offensive wore down a defense that struggled to maintain possession or keep tempo during a fast paced second half to win 74-54 at College of Marin on Friday.
"We couldn't get inside the key," Mariners coach Tannea Nelson said post-game. "The speed of those girls on CCC are very fast."
The Comets (19-7 Overall, 11-3 in the Bay Valley Conference) have secured second place in the BVC after defeating the Mariners by 20-points with only two games remaining in conference play before they enter the post-season.
The loss for the Mariners (7-17 overall, 4-10 in BVC) means that they will finish the remaining two games of their season on the road.
Both teams displayed a wildly opposite style of play.
Contra Costa College played a one-on-one full-court coverage that stopped the Mariners offensive breaks at the 3-point line repeatedly.
This tactic of covering a player individually cut off passing options for point guards in and around the key to force long distance attempts.
Comet guard Joie Wyatt had 8 defensive rebounds, and Comet guard Raven Caldwell gripped the ball at their own baseline 14 times. This allowed the team to transition immediately into its blistering full-court break to the basket for the layup.
CCC coach Paul Debolt said that players missed initial layup chances on breaks but won many of the offensive rebounds. This gave players a chance to redeem themselves and get points on the board.
Nelson said, "We didn't play a bad game, we competed but needed to rebound better and sink more of our shots. It's the tangibles that make or break a game, you know - it's the little things that count."
College of Marin played a zone-defense that is much more proficient when the ball is trapped at the 3-point line. CCC players had to work harder by swinging or crossing the ball to draw Mariner players out of position to expose open space for a cutter to find her way into. The COM zone coverage in the key kept open space at a premium.
"They (COM) play a really tight zone," DeBolt said. "It was hard to get inside but the offensive rebounds gave us another chance."
Offensively the Mariners were slower and less aggressive. Staring plays at midcourt attempted to slow the game down from the Comets back and forth break style of play. COM was able to remain within ten points of CCC by sinking shots near the paint 12 times during the first half and even some from long distance. The Mariners sank all but one of their five 3-pointers during the first half. Mariner guard Bridget Pachetti had the most with two.
The second half was much faster with CCC forcing turnovers and steals in midcourt because of its full-court pressure on the ball. All but two players tallied a steal to their stats record. Caldwell switched the momentum of play the most with six steals to drive down court for the layup on most of the transitions.
The Comets lead scorer and point guard Jewel Rogers said that it's always good to get another win but the team has to take the remaining two games one at a time.
"We have to go hard every game," she said. "It's about execution rather than emotion."
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