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Chabot basketball feature on Tylore Bell

 Chabot women’s basketball coach Mark Anger can’t say enough good things about sophomore guard Tylore Bell, a role model and captain who can seemingly do it all on the court.
“She’s a great kid, a great leader,” Anger says of the American High graduate.
 Bell shares the state lead in assists with 7.3 a game, which makes her 12.4 scoring average seem even more impressive.
“She can shoot it, she’s a D-I player,” Anger said. “We’ve just got to find a home for her, but she’s a really good player. I think she’s getting more confidence in her ability right now; it’s probably growing more than anything.”
In Friday’s snappy 97-75 road win over district-rival Las Positas, Bell was typically efficient with 21 points, eight assists and seven steals. She was 7 for 8 from the free throw line, 2 for 3 from 3-point range and 6 for 12 from the floor.
 This week, Chabot (15-6, 3-1 Coast-North) will host College of San Mateo on Wednesday and Ohlone on Friday, games which will serve as primers to the Jan. 27 home showdown against City College of San Francisco (16-3, 3-0).
 While Bell’s numbers are comparable to last year’s, Anger says she’s taken strides in three key areas: consistency, leadership, and effort.
 A shining example as a Chabot student-athlete, Bell smiles when asked about her personal aspirations.
“I want to transfer to a four-year university and hopefully continue playing basketball,” she said. “I want to major in social work and get a Batchelor (degree) or a Master’s in that.”
Bell was initially tentative as a leader last season on an all-freshman cast which lacked sophomore influences.
“I was still kind of tentative about telling my teammates what to do and be more aggressive, but I feel like getting to know them more and being friends with them has helped me in migrating to that role,” she said.
 The victory over Las Positas showed off the Gladiators’ talent and strong coaching. Remarkable freshman De’Zire Hall had another double-double with 24 points and 11 boards. Ariana Vargas had 22 points, going 6 for 8 from 3-point range, and 13 rebounds. Aiyanna Gallegos added 13 points and Michaela Suarez scored 12 from off the bench.
 Chabot has bounced back well after a disappointing 86-79 loss to CCSF on Jan. 4, when the Gladiators faltered after leading 66-56 through three quarters.
“We let them score and then we got down on ourselves and we missed a few baskets,” Bell recalled. “We should have won that game.”
Like most talented teams, the Gladiators seem to express themselves best during fast-moving, free-flowing games.
“Once we (make) threes usually our game starts working and then De’Zire gets rolling, and then everyone else starts rolling,” Bell says. “When our press starts working and we get a few steals, that brings up the tempo. We like to play fast a lot.”
A Castlemont graduate, Hall adds the exclamation points. She ranks fifth in the state in scoring with 21.8 points a game and ninth in rebound average with 10.0 a game.
 Hall has been turning heads all season.
“Oh, she’s great,” Bell said. “De’Zire’s amazing. One of the best ones ever. Love playing with her.”
Now the Gladiators will look to keep ringing up wins courtesy of Bell, their floor leader.
 -- Matt Schwab

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