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February 25, 2009 > Community collegiate women wrap up the season

Community collegiate women wrap up the season

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Chabot and Ohlone women's basketball teams are about as different as the cities the colleges reside, Fremont and Hayward.

Chabot (13-15, 3-5) came into the prior week with high hopes and a potential of extending it's 3-2 record over the past five games, and securing a spot in the Nor Cal Regional playoffs.

"Even though we have more losses than wins, we beat some of the higher ranked teams," said Coach Don Queyrel prior to the week.

One of the teams that they beat was City College of San Francisco (31-2, 8-2) which is ranked #3 in the state, according to Despite Queyrel's team's efforts and prayer for his team to make the playoffs, they came up short as they were defeated by Skyline (21-5, 5-4) and Foothill (23-6, 7-1).

Sophomore Rose Thompson ranked amongst the best in the state. Thompson averaged 19.3 points per game and led the Coast Conference in scoring. Thompson's high school teammate, Dezzire Cafferate, is only a freshman, and will return next season. She averaged 13.2 ppg.

Ohlone's season began on a path of rough terrain and opposition. The Renegades top player, Geneya Rodgers, went down with a season-ending knee injury and the team started out 0-5. However, the Lady Renegades showed a lot of character through the adversity and went 12-0 in conference play.

"This is the first time Ohlone Women's Basketball team has gone undefeated," said Ohlone Head Coach Elizabeth Stanley. "There may have been another Ohlone team in the 1980's, but none with as much talent as this year's team."

The final two wins of the regular season came last week against Monterey Peninsula and San Jose City.

Monterey played Ohlone tough in the first half. Ohlone was down by as many as 11 before they kicked it into turbo, and ran away with a victory, 81-49.

Ohlone would not allow their rival SJCC to strike first as they did with MPC a few days prior. "We knew the target was on our back and that SJCC had the chance of stopping our perfect season," said Ohlone Coach Laura Elliot. The role of spoiler was not met by SJCC as Ohlone would prevail, 59-41.

"This is the best we played all year," explained Elliot after the game. "We had great intensity. A lot of people did very well."

In the contest the Renegades set a team record 32 defensive rebounds. Christina Dixon, an Ohio University recruit, was the top scorer for Ohlone with 13 points.

"This is not a fluke," said Coach Stanley. "I hope to carry this momentum in the playoffs this week."

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