Squad pounds Reedley, Chabot colleges after blowout loss to DVC in tournament
A young, new and revamped women's basketball squad came out with two wins in the Mission College Tournament Friday through Sunday.
The Comets (2-1) lost to Diablo Valley College (2-1) 80-58 in the first round, but picked up wins against Reedley College 61-41 and Chabot College 85-64 in the consolation bracket.
CCC's two wins are just one fewer than the team's win total in 2011-12.
The Contra Costa College team showed its inexperience in the first round of the tournament against DVC on Friday falling behind early in the game. The team pulled to within four points mid-way through the second half, but got tired and the Vikings secured the win.
"We just didn't play very well. We got behind and played flat," women's basketball coach Paul DeBolt said. "We made a run in the second half, but we ran out of gas."
Comet guard Kaylah Jones said that the players' minds were not in the game.
"We were not working as team and we lost our confidence," Jones said.
Because this was the first official game for the squad to be playing together, they were not working as a unit and that factor took away from its poise.
"As a team we needed to do better," freshman guard Jewel Rogers said.
The Comets picked up their first win the next day against the Tigers. Rogers led the team with 19 points in that game.
CCC started to correspond with each other and found a rhythm in the game against Reedley College.
"It felt like we came to together as a team," Jones said. " We always have to take every game one at a time."
CCC minimized turnovers and started making shots early in the contest.
The young Comet squad and its coach said playing together and using communication helped the team grab its first win of the season.
"We turned the ball over less," DeBolt said. " They are a young group and they are going to learn."
Rogers said communication on and off the court is what helped them get its first win.
The Comets showed a good performance against the Gladiators, with Rogers and freshman guard Joie Wyatt both scoring more than 20 points.
CCC made 10 three-point shots during the contest against a good Chabot team, DeBolt said. In the course of the three games, the squad has improved.
"Each game we got better," he said. "That's the most 3-point shots we have made in a game since 2001."
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