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Panthers claim victory in home opener
Erica Foster, City College sophomore forward, goes for the basket to extend the lead for the Panthers during overtime against Butte College at the North Gym on Dec. 30th. City College won 74 -61 in overtime . Dianne Rose/[email protected]

City College women’s basketball rallies; wins in overtime

In the first home game of the season, City College women’s basketball team mounted a successful comeback victory in overtime over the Butte College Roadrunners 74-61, erasing a 12-point second-half deficit.

The Roadrunners were ahead by 12 points and looked to run away with the victory with 11 minutes remaining in the game. With clutch play on both sides of the court, the Panthers rallied back and forced overtime.

“They got some stops, played some better defense, got some boards and played a little tougher,” said Panthers head coach Julia Allender. “I just think we got more aggressive offensively.”

The Panthers played timidly in the first half and turned the ball over several times — 20 total turnovers in the game. The shots didn’t fall often enough, which brought the energy down, according to Allender.

With some big stops in the second half, the Panthers knocked the lead down to five with five minutes remaining in regulation. City College took advantage of the overly aggressive play by the Roadrunners and found themselves at the free-throw line often — shooting 24 free in the game.

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The Panthers had all of the momentum going into overtime and they outscored Butte 16-3.

Panthers freshman forward Aleea Reese finished the game with a double-double — 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Rayelle Ross led the team in points with 17, and freshman guard Jasmine Bernardo finished the game with 11 points, including a clutch 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 2 points with two minutes remaining in the game.

“I think some kids made some shots so they got a little more energized. We got some big stops and began to rebound better,” said Allender. “I think they just decided to finally show up.”

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