PC msses late shot and falls 70-69 in SoCal Challenge 3rd-place game

Comets are shown after winning the Coast Christmas Classic. (File Photo)
Comets are shown after winning the Coast Christmas Classic. (File Photo)

VENTURA (1/12/2019) –Cece Quintino's jump shot with 1.1 seconds to play gave Ventura College a 70-69 victory over Palomar 70-69 in the third-place game in the White Division of the Southern California Cross-Over Challenge on Friday night at the Athletics Event Center.

The Comets had battled back from a 56-45 deficit entering the fourth quarter to go on top 69-68 on a traditional 3-point play by Taylor Williams with 36 seconds remaining.

Quintino, a 5-foot-0 freshman guard out of Liberty High School in Las Vegas, led the Pirates with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocked shots.

"We were missing Lilly Crabtree, who has been averaging 10 rebounds a game, and that really hurt us," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.

Saturday (Third-Place Game): Ventura 70, Palomar 69

Sara Ahmadpour (Mission Hills High) came up big for the Comets in the loss with 20 points, hitting 6 three-point shots and also contributing 7 rebounds and a steal.

Palomar's other double-figure scorers were Williams (Mira Mesa High) with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists) and Clarissa Taite (Mira Mesa) with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Imari Cooley contributed 6 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and 2 blocks.

Los Angeles Trade Tech knocked off Palomar 69-53 in a championship semifinal game on Wednesday evening at Trade Tech.

Wednesday (Championship Semifinals):  L.A. Trade Tech 69, Palomar 53

The Comets and Beavers played to a 19-19 tie after one quarter before Trade Tech, which scored 124 points against Grossmont in its previous Cross-Over Challenge game on the road, took command by outscoring Palomar 15-6 in the second quarter to lead 34-25 at halftime, then drew away in the second half.

Trade Tech's Cheyenne Gibbons was the big difference in the game, scoring 27 points with 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

For Palomar, Dee Dee Valenzuela (San Marcos High), Julie Saelee (Monterey Trails High in Elk Grove, just outside Sacramento) and Cooley scored in double figures.

Valenzuela finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and an assist). Saelee scored 112 points with a rebound and an assist. And Cooley contributed 12 points, 9 rebounds (4 on the offensive board) and a blocked shot.

"We got 'out-toughed', lost the rebound battle by 20, lost the free throw battle and turned the ball over too many times. You can't win when doing all that," coach Leigh Marshall said. "You have to credit Trade Tech. They are really talented and well-coached."