City College of San Francisco’s women’s basketball team is riding a 15-game winning streak as it enters the State Championship tournament.
The Rams need to win three games in as many nights if they’re going to claim the program’s first state title.
That’s not the truest way of determining the best team to play a months-long season, but CCSF would have it no other way.
Head coach Derek Lau typically uses all 12 of the players on his roster, pushes the tempo and stresses physical play. In other words, the Rams create hell for any opponent that enters the game with heavier
“[The playoff format] doesn’t pick the best,” he said, “it favors who wants it the most, and who is going to go after it the hardest.”
No one goes for it harder than Coast-North Conference MVP Gabrielle Vigil, who averaged more than 20 points per game during the regular season.
Her relentless attitude has the ability to irk her own teammates, Vigil said.
“My teammates, sometimes they can’t stand me, ’cause I’m like, ‘let’s go, go, go, go,’” she said as to why she prefers playing the several games on little rest. “They’re like, ‘Gabby has no off button.’ I’m ready, they’re ready. Should be fun.”
The CCSF women’s team will start their pursuit of a state title tonight against Ventura in Livermore.
The second-seeded Rams want to improve on their finish in the Final Four last season.
And for Vigil, there’s no acceptable outcome but making program history.
“We don’t do too good with silver,” she said. “So, I guess we gotta take it all.”