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February 18, 2009 > Renegades and Gladiators cruise in week's victories

Renegades and Gladiators cruise in week's victories

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Junior college women's basketball has been fast and furious in the East Bay this season, and Ohlone and Chabot colleges are right in the thick of things.

Ohlone (17-10, 10-0), had an amazing two games against Mission and Cabrillo colleges the past week (Feb. 11 and 14, respectively). The Ohlone Renegades trampled the visiting Mission College 100-36 in their last home game of the season. The enormous victory was just as impressive as Coach Elizabeth Stanley's team reaching one hundred points and an 18-0 record over the last two seasons at home.

"We don't allow teams to come into our house and out play us," Stanley said.

The game was set to honor Ohlone's graduating sophomore members: Bradleigh Miller, Lousie Valdez, Christina Dixon, Leo Ramasotoga and Casceal Swaggard. The sophomores solidified their leadership in the Mission game through scoring points and contributing valuable minutes.

"Coming to Ohlone means a lot to me. My skills have really improved since coming here," explained and exuberant Valdez after the Mission game. Valdez has played great lately, especially in the team's victory over San Jose City last month. The team will have a rematch with SJCC on Friday, Feb. 20, at SJCC at 7 p.m.

Ohlone coasted to victory over Cabrillo 87-47 and continued its dominance of South Bay Area teams. The Renegades utilized their superior depth as they had four players score in double figures. Jasmine Rubin had 22 points, Cassie Bates, 17, Casceal Swaggard, 15, and Markiell Styles dropped in 14.

Chabot (14-13, 4-4) had only one game during the week, Monterey. They would take advantage of their light week and manhandle Monterey, 73-49.

The team generally has two or more games throughout the week, but the Gladiators had a bye on Saturday. The rest should do the Gladiators some good. The team has been struggling in the North Coast Division of the Coast Conference. Chabot has won their last two games by an average margin of 30 points. The well-deserved wins should give Chabot some momentum as they play their final two games of the season this week.

Chabot will host Skyline College (San Bruno) on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., and travel to Foothill College (Los Altos) on Friday, Feb. 20, for their season finale.

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