Irvine Valley's women's basketball team played well early, but couldn't keep up with a tough Palomar team the rest of the way in a 75-61 defeat in the semifinals of the Coast Christmas Classic on Tuesday at Orange Coast College.
Irvine Valley, ranked No. 19 in the state, fell to No. 8 Palomar, 75-61.
Irvine Valley's record went to 6-2 overall, while Palomar improved to 11-3.
The Lasers will play in the third-place game of the tournament against Long Beach City at 3 p.m.
IVC led, 22-19, after the first quarter, but were out-scored, 11-5, in the second quarter.
Irvine Valley trailed, 30-27, at the half and were out-scored by four points (19-15) in the third quarter and seven points (26-19) in the fourth quarter.
The Lasers shot just 37.3 percent (19 of 51) from the floor as a team and committed 28 turnovers to just nine by Palomar.
Clarissa Taite led Palomar with 15 points and Taylor Williams had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.