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The Coast Conference North women’s basketball race is in a virtual four-way knot among one-loss teams after two weeks of play. State No. 12 ranked Skyline College and Chabot College are 3-1, while No. 9 College of San Mateo and No. 13 City College of San Francisco are 2-1.

The old coaching adage of “control what you can control” has been put to use more in the last 18 months since the emergence of COVID-19. The slogan became a way for athletes and coaches to stay sane during the last year and a half of tumult. But now that basketball teams are back on the court, the College of San Mateo and Skyline College women’s basketball teams have had ultimate control — over the opposition. The two programs have opened the season with a combined record of 19-1 — Skyline is at 11-1, while CSM checks in with a perfect 8-0 mark.

The small schools of the Private School Athletic League are having a big impact on the College of San Mateo girls’ basketball team. When current sophomore Emily Latu arrived on campus in 2017, CSM head coach Michelle Warner had never even heard of the high school she attended. That school is Pacific Bay Christian — formerly known as Alma Heights, the name when Latu was there — a small private school in Pacifica.

Courtney Townsend had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Emily Latu added 20 points and 12 rebounds as College of San Mateo rolled past visiting Merritt College, 79-54, in the opening game of the annual Tom Martinez Women’s Basketball Invitational at CSM on Monday night.

Skyline jumped out to a 10-point lead after one quarter, but saw CSM come roaring back in the second. The Trojans regained control in the third and pulled away in the second half for 69-56 win.

The Bulldogs have played only five games through the first two months of the season, but there is an added degree of difficulty of having played all on the road to open the 2018-19 campaign. CSM was scheduled to play its first home game by hosting No. 6 Merced. But that game was initially postponed and then canceled because of the air quality issues that plagued the Bay Area last month.

This year, CSM was proud to induct 19 women and men, who have distinguished themselves either as CSM athletes or later in their careers, into the Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held on February 9.

Regardless of what happens in Super Bowl LII, there’s a celebration awaiting Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots. The longtime slot receiver will be inducted into the College of San Mateo Hall of Fame on Feb. 9. Edelman is scheduled to attend the event as part of an 18-member class that also includes Giants broadcaster Jon Miller.

After trailing by 5 near the end of the third quarter, the Skyline women’s basketball team (7-4 in Coast North, 15-11 overall) went on a 16-point run to upend its rival Bulldogs 77-58 Wednesday night at CSM. With the win, the Trojans clinch third place in the Coast Conference North, and are now all but assured of garnering an at-large big to their third consecutive Northern California postseason bracket.

After losing their first-round game in overtime at the De Anza tournament last week, and following that with two other games decided by four points or less, it was only appropriate that the Bulldogs would need overtime to beat visiting Ohlone-Fremont 65-60 in the Coast Conference opener for both squads.