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Lauderdale puts Panthers in position for basketball playoffs
Photo by Ryan Middleton | Photo Editor | [email protected]

by Jason Reed | Sports Editor | [email protected]

The City College women’s basketball team is currently 17-7 after 24 games, a seven-game improvement over last season’s 10-14 record.

In a home game against Sierra College Jan. 25, the Wolverines (8-3 in the Big 8, 17-6 overall) handed the Panthers (8-3, 17-7) their first home loss of the season, winning 81-68.

City College freshman guard Johanna Lauderdale scored a team-high 22 points, including six made 3-pointers. The team struggled early and fell behind 24-14 after the first quarter.

“Our communication was off,” said Lauderdale on the team’s slow start. “We all just have to keep our heads in the game and focus on performing the way we know how.”

When the Panthers played the Wolverines in December, they were able to come away with a 79-67 win. In that game, Lauderdale was also the team’s leading scorer with 23 points as the Panthers did most of the damage in the first quarter and led by 15.

“I feel like we underestimated them (this time around),” Lauderdale said. “We didn’t expect them to stop us because when we played them the first time, we had a higher intensity.”

The Panthers are 0-3 this season against opponents that have scored in the 80s.

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During a timeout, Coach Julia Allender could be heard telling her players that they had to defend and keep Sierra out of the paint. The Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field and connected on 16 free-throws.

Up & Under | #32 Maddison Coleman, December Athlete of the Month, drops 18 points in Sac City’s win over the ARC Beavers, 75-59. Photo by Ryan Middleton | Photo Editor | [email protected]

Sophomore guard Maddison Coleman finished that game with 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Coleman said she believes that if the team wants to avoid falling behind early in games, they have to be aggressive from the opening tip-off.

“We (sometimes) feel like the game is going to be handed to us, and when we don’t play our game and when we try to go out and try something new instead of doing the game plan, it gets us in a hole,” Coleman said.

The Panthers then went on the road Jan. 29 and defeated Santa Rosa College (4-6, 8-11) 62-39 and also completed the season-sweep over the Bear Cubs. Lauderdale made six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead her team in scoring for the second straight game. The Panthers held the Bear Cubs to their second worst shooting percentage of the season at 25 percent. The 39 points Santa Rosa scored were also the least number of points the Panthers have allowed this season.

The Panthers won their second consecutive game Feb. 1, defeating American River College (2-8, 9-12) 75-59. City College led 22-7 after the first quarter and for the third straight game. Lauderdale not only led her team in scoring with 21 points, but she also made six 3-pointers. Coleman had a double-double as she finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also extended her streak of games scoring in double figures to eight.

The Panthers are currently tied for third place in the Big 8 with Sierra as they hope to improve their playoff hopes with five games remaining. The Panthers will next play Cosumnes Rivers College (3-8, 7-15) on the road before a key matchup at home against first-place Diablo Valley College (10-1, 22-1) Feb. 8.

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