January 15, 2013 > Women's Basketball: Women Renegades ready to roll in Coast Conference action
Women's Basketball: Women Renegades ready to roll in Coast Conference action
Submitted By Ohlone College
With the start of the New Year comes the start of Coast Conference South Division play for the Ohlone College women's basketball team. The Renegades are currently the four time defending Coast Conference South champions with a conference record of 47-1 in the last four years, they are ranked 5th in Northern California and hold the12th spot in the State of California. After a 17 game pre-season schedule, the renegades will enter their first conference game with an overall record of 13-4 Wednesday Jan 9 at Monterey Peninsula College at 5 p.m. and will host their first home conference game Saturday, Jan 12 at 1 p.m. taking on Cabrillo College.
The pre-season was filled with lessons learned; some disappointing losses but more importantly, hard fought victories. Ohlone comes away with three big wins over two Bay Area rivals (City College of San Francisco and Foothill College) that are also two top-ranked teams in the state. On December 29, the Renegades came back from a 20-point deficit in the second half to beat City College of San Francisco and to become the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic Champions for the third straight year.
The 2012-2013 Renegade roster is filled with a slew of local talent that contains a mixture of both freshman and sophomores. Foothill High School's Madison Craig (Fr) and Danielle Lamarche(Fr), Livermore's Alexa Martin (So) and Alyse Kline(RS), Kennedy High's Haley McDaniel (Fr) and Alayna McGarry (RS), Del Mar High School's Josephine Vieira (So) and Berika Egberuare (So), Andrew Hill's Sopheap Chan (So), Moreau Catholic's Megan Scully (RS Fr), Lynbrook High's Rebekah Yang (So), Piedmont Hill's Tayla Monroe (Fr), San Leandro's Kianha Farrish (RS), San Lorenzo's DeAjanae Conic (Fr) and Dublin High School's Liza Dunlap (RS) and Alexous Robinson (So).
"I have a great group of kids! My staff and I worked extremely hard to make sure that we were skilled and deep at every spot with good kids and that is what we have this year. We have a group of people who are banded together and we are fighting for a common purpose and that is becoming more evident as we are getting deeper into the season. We struggled a little early, as we were getting comfortable with one another and understanding what needed to get done but we have gotten over the hump and are headed in the right direction.
"The biggest difference in this year's team is I don't just have one leader or just a couple of scorers as it has been in the past here. I am fortunate enough to have any one of my players who are on the floor have the ability to put a lot of points on the board. Yes Alexous (Robinson) may be the most dominant at her position and makes a large impact during our games but there's a lot of talent and ability around her that is coming more alive. Madison Craig is one of the most skilled scoring point guards in the state and as has had some big games for us. When she gets it fully turned on all the time we will be very, very tough. I'm excited to get into the next phase of our season and continue to push this group towards our goal." Coach Allender says about her team.
For more information on the Renegades or to find their schedule go to their website at www.ohlonewomensbasketball.com and follow them on Facebook.