Feather River College’s Amy Yeager takes the ball down the court earlier this season. Yeager was the top scorer for FRC in its game against Southwestern Oregon on Dec. 14 with 22 points, including seven three-pointers. Photo by James Wilson
The Feather River College women’s basketball team ended 2013 in a slump. The Lady Eagles traveled to Santa Rosa Dec. 13 – 14 and suffered two losses in the school’s annual tournament. FRC lost to San Francisco City College 80-35 the first day of the tournament. The next day, the Eagles lost 74-66 against Southwestern Oregon.
On Dec. 18, the Eagles lost their last match of 2013 against Sacramento City College 62-42. The three losses put FRC’s record at 3-10 so far this season.
“We had a tough time getting the ball into the hoop in Santa Rosa,” commented FRC’s coach, Haley White. “There were some tough teams and we weren’t ready for them.”
The game against San Francisco was a slaughter. By halftime, SF City was up 38-12. The Eagles put more points on the board in the second half, but San Francisco still outscored them 42-23.
The Eagles’ game against Southwestern Oregon was a lot closer, especially toward the end. Toward the start of the second half, the Eagles got behind by 22 points. Amy Yeager busted out the three-pointers to shorten Southwestern’s lead. Yeager made seven three-pointers in the game, with her best performance in the end.
“I would say (Yeager) made about 75 percent of her 22 points in the last eight minutes of the game,” said White. “If we had five more minutes to play, we could’ve come back.”
In its game against Sacramento, FRC couldn’t keep the ball. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over more than 30 times during the game to give Sac City the clear advantage.
Despite the loss, the Eagles had some exceptional plays during the game. Ashley Duke busted out 21 points. Duke was moved from point guard to shooting guard about a month ago.
“We weren’t getting the points we should have at the Santa Rosa tournament,” said White. “So I told (Duke) that she had to shoot the ball more. The game against Sac was the first time she scored more than 10 points in a game.”
The next two high scorers for the Eagles were Brittany McFalls and Kaitlin Boyd. Both players scored six points apiece. FRC has a break until Jan. 3, 2014, when it hosts Simpson College’s JV team. The Eagles begin conference play Jan. 8.
“This preseason has been brutal on our record,” said White. “Hopefully it prepared us for what we’ll face in conference play.”