BARSTOW - Momentum swung back and forth Wednesday night at Jim Parks Gymnasium as the Chaffey Panthers outlasted the Barstow Viking 69-56.

Early on, it seemed like Barstow Community College may of turned things around this time, and were going to avenge their lost to Chaffey earlier this season. Hitting the boards hard, Barstow got out to an early lead 16-8 through the first ten minutes of the first half. However Chaffey's Tamesha Jackson wouldn't let her team fall too far behind, hitting two of five from the field and a perfect four of four from the free-throw line. She lead the Panthers at the half with 10 points.

As the half drew closer to the close, Chaffey found themselves right back in the game, and eventually tied the score 25-25 at the halftime buzzer.

When the teams returned for the second half, Chaffey forward Christina Warren drained two 3-pointers in a row, helping Chaffey opened up a lead, they would never see fall.

"We played hard. We rallied back, took the lead and never looked back. I'm proud of my girls' effort to get this win." Chaffey coach Gary Plunkett said.

Throughout the second half, Barstow continued to play hard, grabbing many offensive rebounds from their shots that wouldn't find the bottom of the net.

Chaffey found a way to break down Barstow's defense, hustling down the court, driving past Barstow's defense, and laying the ball in almost every time they had possession. The Panthers opened up the biggest lead of the game, 14 points, mid-way through the second half. With bodies scrambling and flying on the floor, Barstow clawed their way back into the game with impressive nine of 10 shooting from the free-throw line. They tied the score at 51 with five minutes left.

Key fast break points off Barstow misses helped Chaffey re-capture the lead leaving Barstow to foul to stop the clock.

"We competed this time, we didn't roll over for them, but in the second half we seemed to fall in a state of comatose, we didn't have the same effort as the first half," Barstow coach Kim Ensing said.

Jackson finished with 19 points for Chaffey, leading the team. Warren ended with 13, hitting three out of four 3-pointers on the game. Barstow depended on center Jallisa Butler, who led the Vikings with 20 points, going seven for nine at the line, and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.

Barstow takes on Cerro Coso this Saturday away, in hopes of keeping their season on a high note.