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Comets rebound to beat Mariners

Strong second half puts CCC ahead, 80-52

By Lorenzo Morotti, editorial cartoonist
On January 18, 2014

  • Comet guard Jewel Rogers jumps up for a layup against Mariner guards (left to right) Roxana Hernandez, Gloria Piedrasanta and Bridget Pacchetti during their game against College of Marin in the Gymnasium on Jan. 16. The Comets were victorious over the Mariners, 80-52. Qing Huang / The Advocate

Trailing by six points at the end of the first half, a precise and constant full court attack coupled with a solid defensive effort propelled the women's basketball team to beat College of Marin 80-52 in the Gymnasium on Jan. 16.
CCC (14-5 overall, 6-1 in the Bay Valley Conference) had its lowest scoring first half this season against the Mariners (4-12 overall, 1-5 in the BVC). The Comets defense regularly forced turnovers on COM offensive breaks but struggled to get the ball into the net at close range.
Minutes into the second half the Comet players began to play cohesively with one another. Movement of the players was diverse and their passing game also improved. The ball at times would not touch the ground. Instead moving from player to player as CCC searched for a gap in the Marin defense to make a drive into the key for the layup.
"We were losing," Comet defensive guard Joie Wyatt said post game. "We just wanted to come back and get the win."
The Comets offensive onslaught was spearheaded by lead point scorer Jewel Rodgers. Only scoring 15 points at the end first half, guard Rogers added 24-points during the second to accumulate 39-points at the final buzzer. Nine of those points were scored from the 3-point line.
Rogers maintained her high scoring average with the support of guards Tynisha Adams, Ahjahna Coleman and Raven Caldwell. Each player repeatedly forced turnovers and won defensive rebounds. Their fast paced movement up and down the court exhausted the Marin players and softened up its defense.
"This is a game that could have slipped away from us," Comet coach Paul DeBolt said after the game. "But we kept pounding them," he said.
During the first half the Mariners tallied 35 points to CCC's 29, once the fatigue of running suicides had taken its toll Marin was only able to score 17-points by the end of the second half while the Comets scored 51-points.
About ten minutes into the second half the Comets had maintained a lead of 13-points. The Mariners were only able to score one point from the free throw line until a drive by Mariner's guard Noelle Erskine who found the net with a layup almost five minutes later.
With Marin unable to take advantage of any of its chances the CCC attack was in full swing. After almost every forced turnover, rebound or block the Comet players dashed for the net on the break and scored.
Rodgers said that during the first half the Mariners thought they stood a chance at beating the Comets. "Once the second half started they couldn't stop us getting to the net - period," she said.
"It takes us a minute to get going," Debolt said. "But once we get going we are hard to stop."  

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