Squad mangles Storm, 63-45
Comets victorious over Napa Valley College
Comet guard Marquisha Jelinek dribbles through Storm guards towards the hoop during their game against Napa Valley College in the Gymnasium on Feb. 6. The Comets were victorious over the Storm 63-45. Qing Huang / The Advocate
Although the postseason is not forgone the chances of the women's basketball team reaching the state tournament are slim. Contra Costa College's decisive win against Napa Valley College, however, is a decent step toward that goal.
The Comets easily beat NVC (7-14 overall, 4-6 in the Bay Valley Conference) 63-45 on Feb. 6 in the Gymnasium with a solid team effort.
"We have to finish in a tie for third (in the BVC) with (Solano Community College)," coach Paul DeBolt said. "We have a chance."
Currently fourth in the BVC standings CCC (12-12 overall, 5-5 in the BVC) sits one spot behind the Falcons (11-10 overall, 8-3 in the BVC).
CCC has four games remaining on its schedule and Solano has three games remaining. The teams will play one another on Feb. 22 in San Pablo.
The women's basketball squad dominated the contest against Napa from, basically, the outset. CCC's three point shooting and suffocating defensive effort weathered the Storm, leading to four Comets scoring in double figures.
CCC shot 28 percent from three, dropping eight of 28 from behind the arc. Guard Jewel Rogers finished with 11 points and six rebounds and Marquisha Jelinek added 16 points. Forward Shanyla Love earned a double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman Joie Wyatt scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Freshman Janae Washington also gave a solid effort - she finished with eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds. "(My effort) is all about helping the team," the freshman forward said. "I feel like getting rebounds is my role. Every rebound I get is a shot that can be made (for my team)."
To reach the playoffs, Washington said, "We need to work as a team. We have to set the negativity aside and stay focused - we have to motivate each other."
The Comets next game is Feb. 8 at first place (in the BVC) Mendocino College. The Eagles (16-6 overall, 9-1 in the BVC) beat the Comets 70-56 on Jan. 12 in San Pablo in the teams' first meeting.
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