The Feather River College men’s and women’s basketball teams played their first games Nov. 8. The men’s team lost 56-55 against Cabrillo in the Ohlone tournament.
The women’s team pulled off a 71-53 victory against Hartnell. The Golden Eagles went on to play Modesto and American River in the Cosumnes River Tournament in Elk Grove. The women’s basketball team lost to Modesto 72-53 and beat American River 62-60.
In a hard-fought game, the Cabrillo College Seahawks squeaked out a victory against the Golden Eagles.
Cabrillo started strong with an eight-point lead. The Seahawks continued their domination through the first half to lead 38-28 at halftime.
FRC fought to eventually take Cabrillo’s 10-point lead and turn it into an FRC one-point lead with less than two minutes left in the game. With one minute left, Cabrillo made a layup to win the game by one.
The Golden Eagles play Santa Rosa Community College in Fresno on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
Three players on the FRC women’s team scored in the double digits in the game against Hartnell. Rachelle Dennis scored 16 points, two being three-pointers.
Alexis Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Ashley Duke had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Though the Golden Eagles lost to Modesto, Dennis was able to score 12 points herself in the game.
FRC’s victory over American River was hard-fought. The two teams stayed neck-and-neck on the scoreboard through the majority of the game.
FRC pulled off its win by making three three-pointers in the last four minutes of the game. Dennis made two of the three and Amy Yeager finished off the Eagles’ scoring with a final three-pointer with only 30 seconds left on the clock. Yeager’s shot put the Eagles up by two to take the game.
The women’s team travels to San Bruno on Friday, Nov. 16 for the Skyline Tournament.
“We have a better chance of winning conference now than we have in a long time,” said FRC women’s coach Haley White. “Our guard play is very quick and we shoot the ball better than we’ve ever shot before. I’m excited.”