The Bay Valley Conference is in the midst of a down year with shrinking squad numbers and fewer teams. Both College of Marin and Laney College dressed only seven players for Thursday evening’s game in Oakland. It was a choppy game to say the least with a litany of fouls called on both ends. While the Mariners kept it close late, the in the end the size and athleticism gave Laney the 84-56 victory.
The game started out at a quick pace with both teams finding an offensive rhythm quickly. The Mariners attacked aggressively and got to the free throw line multiple times while Laney’s center Jamika Wilson absolutely dominated the low post giving Laney a lead of 23-14 at the end of the first quarter.
While Laney kept scoring in the second, the Mariners did not, widening the Laney lead. A number of questionable calls put COM in foul trouble and by the end of the first half three players were dangerously close to a disqualification with four fouls apiece as Laney took a 46-24 lead into the locker room.
The Mariners would not be denied as they came out with a new sense of purpose in the third quarter. Molly Carmody was relentless getting to the line as she attempted 14 free throws in the game. Jaychelle Price finished a few excellent drives to keep the game within striking distance as the score was 64-41 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter opened up all College of Marin, as Monica Vasquez found Price on three consecutive possessions for three knockdown threes to cut the lead to 12 at 64-52. Laney pushed the lead to 17 after a layup, free throw and another layup before putting the game out of reach.
Assistant Coach Jared Feldman on the game “We showed resilience against a tough conference opponent and continued to fight throughout the game. While it’s not the result we wanted, it showed we hang with any opponent if we give it our all.”
Jaychelle Price led the team with 19 points and chipped in seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Molly Carmody had 13 points and four rebounds and Monica Vasquez had 10 points and five assists.
The Mariners travel to Mendocino College on Tuesday, January 12th seeking their first conference win of the year.