Falcons dominate Comets, 86-62
(Right) Comet guard Raven Caldwell attempts to push the ball into the key against Falcon Ariel Clay during their game against Solano Community College in the Gymnasium on Jan. 22. The Falcons were victorious over the Comets, 86-62. Qing Huang / The Advocate
Solano Community College dominated the women's basketball team 86-62 to preserve its undefeated streak in the Bay Valley Conference on Jan. 22 in the Gymnasium.
Contra Costa College (14-6 overall, 6-2 in the Bay Valley Conference) trailed from the opening buzzer.
The Comets defense failed to contain the Falcon's (17-4 overall, 8-0 BVC) quick and productive offense that created gaps in the key with their phenomenal passing game just outside the 3-point line.
Unforced turnovers along with missing simple shots inside the key plagued the Comets during their most important conference game of the season yet.
Although the Comet's won possession during the tip off, a bad pass to the outside saw the possession shift within seconds.
A game that if CCC would have won, they would be in first instead of second place with a single game worth of breathing room ahead of Mendocino College (10-7 overall, 5-3 BVC) in conference matches.
"This loss doesn't mean much, we are still in a good position to make the post season," coach Paul DeBolt said post game.
Solano's defense ensured that a drive into the key would be anything but easy for the Comets.
During the first half the Comets struggled to get into the key at all. Drives by guards Raven Caldwell, Jewel Rogers and Tynisha Adams were halted repeatedly.
The Falcon defense left almost no space for the attacking Comets to squeeze their way into the key and under the net.
When they did get the ball under the net for the layup, it usually met the palm of a defender, bounced off the rim or missed it entirely.
"We have to get in the gym and practice harder to get out of our shooting slump," Comet sophomore guard Kaylah Jones said post game.
Discouraged and desperate, CCC players began to shoot from a distance.
Rogers was the only player to find the net from behind the 3-point line during the fist half and it was only twice. She went for the long shot 11 times in the first half.
All-BVC Solano guard Taylor Hamilton scored 14 of her 18-points in the first half. Hamilton's movement ripped the Comets defense apart by finding space in the key to receive the pass from outside.
Finding space and creating time, Hamilton led both teams in points while making it look easy.
At the half CCC was down by 17-points. The Falcons accumulated 44-points while the Comets could only muster 27-points.
Rogers and guard Ahjahna Coleman were the only players to score away from the free throw line where Adams went four for four.
During the second half CCC's defense and offense improved but not enough to change the game's momentum.
Still trailing the Falcons, the Comets did not give up. They began to force more turnovers by blocking shots inside the key, stealing on the break and intercepting a few bad passes.
At 16 minutes the Falcons began struggling to score when they had possession because of an improved Comet defense. CCC however could not score consistently enough to close the 15-point gap. With eight minutes left the difference increased to 24-points.
"We didn't play well," DeBolt said. "They made shots and we didn't."
The Comets prepare to play on the road against Yuba College on Jan. 29 after a BYE week.
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