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Womens Basketball Team Dropped The Ball

Photo by: Christianna Schiotis
Archive: Madison Johnson, #3, goes in for the layup against Madera City College.

Fresno City College’s women’s basketball team lost by four points against Laney College Eagles in the playoffs on Mar. 9, at the FCC gym.

The Rams had an impressive regular season, only losing four games prior to the postseason. They went into their home playoff game with an outstanding 25-4

The energy was high. The crowd screamed as cut outs of player’s heads rose from the stands.

Coming into the game the Rams averaged almost 85 points a game and going 12-0 in their conference.

Hoping to go into this game dominating like the Rams had all season would prove to be anything but easy. Immediately, the Eagles proved they were here for a reason. They got out to a hot start against the stellar Rams.

With each passing quarter, the Rams tried keeping up but the Eagles had them right where they wanted them; going into halftime up 15 points with a score of 24 to 39.

As everyone walked around during half time, crowd members seemed pumped and held out hope for the team despite a disappointing first half.

During the third quarter, the Rams caught back up scoring 25 points, while the Eagles only scored 14. Their defense stepped up, frequently stealing the ball and
scoring, an impressive, eight 3-pointers.

They ended the third quarter with a score of 49 to 53. The Rams played defense well and were knocking on the Eagles front door as the lead was now in a few possessions.

The crowd was getting loud and standing on their feet, nervously hoping that the Rams would make a comeback to win the playoff game.

As the crowd was yelling aggressively, cheering on the Rams with their hopes high. The Rams were fighting hard to get ahead of the Eagles.

As the Rams continued to try to put on an amazing comeback, the crowd’s heads moved side to side to keep up.

The defense constantly blocked shots as the offense returned the favor by scoring.

As the time started to run out during the fourth quarter, the players started to get in the zone – hyperfocusing on the plays at hand. The game would be decided in the final minutes.

The Rams played a great game, but it wasn’t enough.

The Eagles played great offense, scoring a three, followed by an amazing defensive play by stealing the Ram’s ball. They would score another three, securing their victory against the Rams.

Eagles fans were on their feet as the Rams gave up these points in the last minutes of the game.

The great turnaround from the Eagles was only because of the sloppy play from the Rams.

They looked like,because of their stellar record, the win could be handed to them. Instead the team that prepared to play all four quarters came out on top.

Despite a tough loss, the Rams held their heads up as they congratulated the Eagles on a tough but depressing victory.

The Rams lost by four points, ending the game 62 to 66.

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Ashleigh Contreras
Ashleigh Contreras, Reporter
Ashleigh Contreras is a student at Fresno City College who is studying journalism and wants to be a screenwriter in the future. She is 21 years old and was raised and born in Fresno, CA. She enjoys watching movies, her favorite movies of all time are 13 Going on 30, Crazy Stupid Love, and Perks of Being a Wallflower. She is very passionate about writing; she writes poetry in her free time and likes to read about any genre of books. Her favorite books are The Summer I Turned Pretty series and Percy Jackson series and Turtles All the Way Down. Her favorite food is pasta, any kind of pasta really, and any form of potatoes, like hash browns, French fries, etc. She loves art, and creating art. She was studying studio arts till she decided to change it to journalism due to her passion for writing. A screenwriter and a director are something she dreams about becoming. Able to create something for people to watch means so much to her. She’s a person with big dreams and goals. She’s the kind of person who wants it, she will go get it. She’s also very family-orientated. Everything she does is to make her family proud. She also just wants to make herself proud and happy. Putting yourself first is something she has always believed in. There is this one saying that Ashleigh reminds herself whenever she is in her head too much, “At the end of the day, all you got is yourself.”
Christianna Schiotis
Christianna Schiotis, News Editor
Christianna Schiotis is an 18-year-old who loves the color pink and dinosaurs; paired with that she has childish humor and enjoys a good joke. She graduated in 2023 from Sanger High School with plenty of merit and awards. She graduated with California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and a State Seal of Civic Engagement. She has made it clear that just because she is young, do not underestimate her. This is Schiotis’s second semester with the Rampage; this semester she is fulfilling the News Editor role. Schiotis was in journalism classes for two of her high school years. In her first year, she was the Photo Editor. Also in her first year, she was in charge of her school's Arts and Literary magazine, which got tenth in the nation at NSPA’s journalism conference. For her Senior year, she was her high school’s newspaper's Editor in Chief, where she led a group of 23 students. During her time, she made her mark and her story got third in the nation. She was ecstatic and will forever brag about it. She is also very thankful for the experience and the amazing staff she had. On top of that, she fell in love with photography. She entered many competitions and even opened her own small photography business. One of her pictures got first place in its division at the Fresno Fairs Junior Art Exhibit. She currently shoots with a Canon R6 and a 24-105mm lens. Schiotis also has her own pets who she spoils- her cat Mocha and puppy Azura. She loves to spend time with her best friend of eight years and her boyfriend of four years. She grew up in Fresno with her three siblings, all younger than her. She is going to do something in the journalism field, but doesn’t know what yet.  

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