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January 7, 2009 > Ohlone women struggle at tournament

Ohlone women struggle at tournament

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Ohlone College's Lady Renegades basketball team traveled to De Anza College on Sunday, Dec. 28, to take part in the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic. It was a disappointing trip, as they came back the following day, having dropped both contests.

On day one, the Lady Renegades went up against San Francisco. San Francisco is ranked number two in the state for junior colleges. Ohlone came out strong, however, jumping to an early lead. Going into the half, Ohlone led the highly-ranked girls from San Francisco, 42-34.

The second half was a different story. San Francisco came out fighting, and clawed their way back, took the lead at the midway point of the half, and didn't relinquish it. San Francisco outscored Ohlone 45-28 in the half, ultimately winning, 79-70.

Head Coach Elizabeth Stanley was happy with the performance, aside from the loss, because the girls gave their best effort. Three Renegades finished in double figures, with Bradleigh Miller leading the way (13 points), followed by Jasmine Rubin (11) and Cassie Bates (10); Whitne Blackburn contributed with 11 rebounds.

The effort that was present in game one never surfaced in Ohlone's second game on Monday, Dec. 29, versus Solano. Fortunately for Ohlone, Solano isn't the caliber of San Francisco. The Lady Renegades, even with their admittedly disheartened effort on the floor, took the lead going into the half, 37-31.

Solano trimmed the halftime lead and kept the game close throughout. With just under five seconds remaining and Ohlone holding a one-point lead, 66-65, the Lady Renegades were called for a violation, not inbounding the ball in the allotted five seconds, turning it over to Solano in the frontcourt.

Solano inbounded directly to its post player who steamrolled through her defender before laying the ball up and in for a 67-66 advantage. Ohlone was unable to answer and Solano prevailed by that same margin.

Even with the two questionable judgment calls by the game's officials, Assistant Coach Laura Elliot still felt the game was lost early on.

"The truth is we didn't get the job done earlier in the game," said Elliot in an e-mail. "As a team, we shot 36 percent from the field; nine percent from 3-point range; and 42 percent from the free-throw line. We also had 24 turnovers."

Ohlone's efforts were not enough to win the game, and they failed to advance to the consolation championship game. Most notably, Elliot said was "getting back to play transition defense; it was almost nonexistent."

Ohlone next played on Saturday, Jan. 3, versus Chabot. This game played out differently for the Lady Renegades. Unlike their previously two games where jumped out to a halftime lead and fizzled in the second half, they went into the locker room trailing Chabot at the half, 38-35.

Coach Elizabeth Stanley's Lady Renegades, trying to rebound from three consecutive losses, came out in the second half much stronger than their showing at the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic.

The Lady Renegades pulled even early into the second half. After several lead changes, Ohlone finally grabbed a sizeable lead and held on to beat Chabot, 75-71. Bradleigh Miller led all Renegade scorers with 13 points; Cassie Bates and Markielle Styles also contributed 12 points each.

This week for Ohlone, the Lady Renegades travel to Skyline to take on the Lady Trojans on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m., followed by a rematch with San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m.

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