Alexis Johnson (left) and Allison Newquist (right) prepare to fight off a Lassen player for the rebound. Johnson scored 14 points to help Feather River College defeat Lassen.
The Feather River College women’s basketball team has much to be happy about this week after coming out of two road games with two more wins.
The Eagles beat the Shasta Knights 69-60 Jan. 24 to bump up their record to 3-1 in the Golden Valley Conference and 10-9 overall. Earlier in the week, Jan. 19, the Eagles traveled to Lassen and squeaked out a 74-72 victory against the Cougars.
FRC got an early lead in both games, only to lose it in the second half. Also in both games, the Eagles managed to regain the lead and hold it until the end of the game.
The last time FRC faced Shasta was at the Skyline tournament Nov. 16, 2012. Shasta dominated the Eagles to win 68-53. This time, however, the Eagles resolved to be more aggressive.
“I challenged the team to be more physical,” said FRC’s coach, Haley White. “To me that was why we lost earlier in the year. Shasta got us on our heels, back-pedaling the whole time. This last game, though, we played very physical from the get-go.”
Feather River began its assault on Shasta from the start of the game. Within 10 minutes the Eagles were up 19-3. Shasta realized it needed to step up its game and started taking a bit more control to end the first half behind 49-37.
Shasta reduced the Eagles’ lead by shooting one three-pointer after another. Such a deeply played game made it tough on the Eagles’ defensive game.
Halfway through the second half the Knights nearly caught up to the Eagles at 46-45. This was the closest Shasta got to evening the score.
The Eagles’ offense stepped it up, continuously nabbing the rebounds. FRC’s offense out-rebounded Shasta 22-9, turning almost every missed opportunity into a new opportunity.
The Eagles quickly regained a substantial lead and kept it through the rest of the game to earn their 69-60 victory.
Alexis Johnson managed to get 18 points for the Eagles before getting fouled out with a minute and a half left in the game.
Rachelle Dennis was the next high scorer of the game with 16 points. Dennis also grabbed eight rebounds. Reserve Allison Newquist got her first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“(Newquist) was a definite bright spot in the game,” said White. “She did a great job both offensively and defensively.”
FRC’s game against Lassen was very similar to the Shasta game. After trailing 49-37 in the first half, Lassen charged for a comeback in the final half of the game.
Though Lassen never fully caught up to Feather River, the Cougars got within two points to lose 74-72.
Amy Yeager was the star of the Lassen game, making 19 points for the Eagles. Yeager continued to prove herself as the master of three-pointers and sank five of them. Johnson proved a threat by making 14 points and 20 rebounds.
Jasmine Plummer, the Eagles’ point guard, continued to be an all-around great player. Plummer had nine points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and five steals.
“Plummer is our engine,” said White. “She gets us running and going. She can rebound, run the floor, score; she’s the floor manager out there.”
The Eagles host the College of the Siskiyous on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. The Siskiyous currently stand first in the Golden Valley Conference.
“We are hoping that between our winning momentum and our home court advantage we will be able to take Siskiyous down,” mentioned W