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College basketball: COC’s season ends in round 1

Cougars fall to Cerritos College

Posted: February 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons women’s basketball team had to put together a historic run at the end of the season just to get into the playoffs.

Advancing in the playoffs proved too tall of a task on Saturday at Gahr High School in Cerritos, where COC lost 79-60 to Cerritos College in the opening round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

It ended an eight-game winning streak for the Cougars (19-11), who had to recover from a rough patch where they lost three of their first four Western State Conference, South Division games.

COC’s rally ended up in a seventh straight conference title and it landed the team in a playoff game against the fifth-seeded Falcons.

“You’re talking about the 18 best teams in the South,” said COC head coach Greg Herrick of the playoffs. “Those teams are unlike any of the other teams we play in our league. They’re just better.”

Cerritos (23-7) proved to be the better team especially in the early going, where they quickly built a double-digit lead and held off the up-tempo Cougars from coming back.

COC never led in the game and it trailed 38-24 at halftime.

“Once they got that cushion, up 10 or more, it was just hard to overcome,” Herrick said. “They weren’t making mistakes, we were making enough.”

The scoring was well distributed for COC, with Angelica Sahagun’s 18 points and 10 rebounds leading in both categories.
Bev Weaver followed with 16 points while Amanda Ajdari and Jazzmyn Davis scored 11 apiece.

The starting five played just about every minute in the game for COC, which received zero points from the bench.

As usual, COC tried to kick up the tempo and score in transition, and although it did so successfully, the shots weren’t falling

“We established the tempo, we got it the way we liked, but we just couldn’t finish at the rim,” Herrick said of his team, which shot 38 percent from the floor.

The Falcons were led by Marissa Rendon’s 29 points on an 11-of-16 shooting performance.

Cerritos’ 14-point halftime lead slowly crept toward a 20-point margin as the mistakes and missed shots mounted for the Cougars.

COC turned the ball over 25 times, which hindered its ability to put up its typical offensive numbers.

Coming into the game, COC had been averaging 83 points per game during its winning streak.

This time around, there wasn’t enough offense to keep the streak alive.

The 2011-12 team does have a lot to hang its hat on though.

“They can say that they are one of 14 conference champions that we’ve had,” Herrick said. “They can put their name on the wall and live in infamy.”


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