The Cerritos College women's basketball season came to an end Saturday night after their 84-58 Southern California Regional 2nd Round Playoff loss at Palomar College. The Falcons (18-14), seeded #17, advanced to the second round after defeating #16-seeded Antelope Valley College on Wednesday night. Facing the #1-seeded Comets (28-1), the team didn't have enough firepower to post the upset.
Playing a very tough first quarter, Cerritos was tied, 15-15 after freshman Serena Rendon (Carson HS) converted a pair of free throws with 4:09 left on the clock. But Palomar went on a 16-0 run over the next 5:14, as the Falcons went cold from the field. During that time, they were 0-for-4 from the field with eight turnovers. The Comets used their size advantage and outside shooting to pull ahead and never look back. Palomar attemped 47 three-points on the night and converted 14 of them. They attempted 30 more shots than the Falcons.
Rendon, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Antelope Valley, led all scorers with 25 points. But once you remove the 7-for-14 shooting by Rendon, the remainder of the team shot a collective 13-for-38, while the Falcons were out-rebounded 52-36, with the Comets pulling down 23 offensive rebounds. Cerritos also played without freshman guard Jessica Gomez (Legacy HS), who accounted for four points and six rebounds in the playoff opener.
Playing well for the Falcons off the bench was freshman Carolina Cuevas (Legacy HS), who posted 11 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Jesenia Rendon (Carson HS) added seven points, three rebounds and a team-high four assists.
February 25, 2018 W. Basketball: Serena Rendon selected All-State
February 24, 2018 W. Basketball: Season comes to an end after playoff loss
February 21, 2018 W. Basketball: Cerritos wins first round playoff game
February 19, 2018 W. Basketball: Serena Rendon named the division's Freshman of the Year
February 19, 2018 W. Basketball: Falcons seeded #17 for the playoffs
February 16, 2018 W. Basketball: Loss leaves team in tie for second place
February 14, 2018 W. Basketball: Strong first half enough to hold off LA Harbor
February 2, 2018 W. Basketball: Spot in first place falls short in loss
January 31, 2018 W. Basketball: Win over rival moves Falcons into second place
January 26, 2018 W. Basketball: Clark matches season-high in Falcons win
January 24, 2018 W. Basketball: Big win snaps five-game losing streak
January 17, 2018 W. Basketball: Disastrous second half results in divisional loss
January 10, 2018 W. Basketball: Falcons can't pull out win against Mt. SAC
December 29, 2017 W. Basketball: Late lead slips away in championship game
December 20, 2017 W. Basketball: Falcons win one of three at tournament
December 3, 2017 W. Basketball: Team reaches consolation championship game
November 22, 2017 W. Basketball: Fourth quarter scoring allows Falcons to win
November 19, 2017 W. Basketball: Cerritos wins San Diego City Tournament title
November 12, 2017 W. Basketball: Falcons take third at Riverside Tournament
November 3, 2017 W. Basketball: Season opens with win