A year ago at this time, Central Valley High School grad Mikayla Mabie and the Fresno City College women's basketball team had their season cut short in the opening round of the Northern California Regional Playoffs.
On Saturday, Mabie and the host Rams routed College of Siskiyous 95-79 in the NorCal Regional Finals.
Fresno City College advanced to the Elite 8.
"It means a lot because our coach is retiring this year," said Mabie, a sophomore point guard. "He's our father figure on and off the court. We want to win state for him."
Mabie collected 18 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal against Siskiyous.
She shot 47 percent (7 of 15) from the field.
Mikayla made all four of her free throws.
"It was definitely memorable," she said. "Knowing it was my last home game, it gave me more energy. I was playing for my team. It was win or go home."
The Central Valley Conference tri-champion Rams scored the first seven points of the game en route to building commanding 34-16 lead in the first quarter.
Siskiyous had trouble keeping pace with Fresno City College. "For us, it was a track meet," Mabie said. "We made them run. That's what we do."
Second-seeded Fresno City College will face third-seeded L.A. Trade-Tech in the state quarterfinals this Thursday at Ventura College.
The championship game will be played on Sunday.
"We all have the same mindset," Mabie said. "The whole team wants to get there. I've been thinking about it since my freshman year and now we have the team to take it. We're excited."