Wasted scoring opportunities lead to loss
Comet guard Ahjahna Coleman attempts to drive past Falcon guard Taylor Hamilton during CCC’s game against Solano Community College in Fairfield on Friday. Qing Huang / The Advocate
Women's basketball coach Paul DeBolt strategizes with his players during a timeout during CCC's game against Solano Community College in Farifield on Friday. Qing Huang / The Advocate
FAIRFIELD - Solano Community College routed the Comets 94-78 by transitioning turnovers into layups at the other end and scored relentlessly from behind the 3-point line in the second half during its last home game on Friday.
The Comets (20-8 overall, 12-4 in the BVC) earned the 12th seed in the Northern California Regional playoffs and will visit City College of San Francisco in the second round at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Against Solano, the Comets struggled finding the backboard during the first half. Too many layups and midrange shot attempts bounced off the rim. They sank a little more than 50 percent of their free throws when most drives into the key ended in fouls.
During the second half, the Comet players were proficient at the Falcon baseline on the breaks. Eleven minutes in, CCC closed a 24-point deficit down to just eight. The Falcons (25-4 overall, 16-0 in the BVC) reclaimed the momentum of the game by shutting down space winning defensive rebounds and slowing down CCC's up-tempo full-court offense. Solano then sunk seven 3-pointers in the last 10 minutes of the game to become the first women's team to win 16 BVC conference games. This is the second SCC team to go undefeated in conference play since 2008.
"It feels awesome," Solano women's basketball coach Matt Borchert said post-game. "To break that record is something very special. Tonight might as well be a playoff game. This is a good stage to ready for next week and the quality of CCC's team plays a big part in that."
When the game was over the Falcons had committed 27 personal fouls on the Comets.
"It was a very physical game," CCC women's basketball coach Paul DeBolt said. "We had a lot of free throws, but missed too many."
SCC guard Nikki Andaya made 50 percent of her four attempts from the 3-point line. "The three pointers helped a lot," Andaya said. "It picked up our team's energy and put needed points on the board."
CCC finished in second place in the BVC while the Falcons finished first. Both teams begin to prepare for a playoff berth next week.
Solano won the initial tipoff. As they searched for an open cutter in a well-defended Comet key, a bad pass gave possession away to guard Joie Wyatt. She dribbled the ball down court but couldn't score the layup. Missed scoring opportunities plagued the Comets throughout the first half.
"They (the Comets) got caught up in the emotion of the game," DeBolt said. "We didn't run our offensive effectively during the first 10 minutes and missed a lot of the shots we had - layups and free throws especially."
Borchert said turnovers hurt his team in the first half. They ended the half with 11 turnovers. CCC topped that number with 14. Solano led 46-33 at half.
"Every pass counts," Wyatt said. "All the turnovers we had counted against us in the end."
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