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City College of San Francisco women's basketball team out for redemption

While the men’s basketball team at City College of San Francisco garnered most of the attention with their state championship in 2010, under the radar, the women’s team had a season to remember.

The Rams finished the season 27-6, and fell just short in their quest to capture the school’s first-ever women’s basketball state championship, falling to Santa Rosa 52-45 in the title game.

“It was exciting for our program to make it to the state championship game,” said Jamie Hayes, who is entering her 10th season as coach. “I think more than anything, it’s made us even more motivated to get back and win [the state championship].”

One of the reasons to be excited about the season is the return of the Northern California Player of the Year Janis Peterson.

However, she had the worst game of her career in the state championship when she went 1-for-17 and scored only three points.

“Last year [in the] championship, I felt I let my team down,” Peterson said “… I knew if I would have come through, it would have been a better outcome.

“I refuse to let this [team] down, and I’m on a mission with my team to bring us to the state championship and to win it this year.”

Peterson will have to do it without two key figures from last season’s team, San Francisco products Shawnte Taylor, who signed with Weber State, and point guard Hallie Meneses, who is now at Long Beach State.

But newcomers Olivia Overtone, Rachelle Smith and Lexi Chierice, have helped offset those losses, meshing well with holdovers Tiffany Mariano, Stephanie Lu, Stephanie Lu and Chiarra Duncan-Perry.

The Rams have raced out to a 4-0 start, including winning the Sierra Tournament in which Peterson was named Most Valuable Player.

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