FRC sophomore Kelly Hernandez pursues a loose ball. Hernandez scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Ohlone College.
The Feather River College women’s basketball team faced two tough teams at the Santa Rosa tournament earlier this month, when the Golden Eagles lost to City College of San Francisco, the No. 2 team in the north, and Ohlone College, the No. 4 team in the north.
In their opener against City College of San Francisco, the Golden Eagles lost 64-56, after a night of poor free-throw shooting which may have cost them the win.
“We came out with a ton of fight and intensity, and it was a very fun and exciting game,” said FRC coach Haley White.
Feather River trailed by three points with two minutes remaining in the game, but in the end the Lady Eagles couldn’t get the ball to bounce their way.
“I was very proud of the level of play that my team brought to the table this game,” said White. “We definitely turned some heads and did some things that a Feather River team hasn’t done in a long time.”
Sophomores Ashley Dawkins and Ne’Jae Jackson led Feather River with 11 points each, and Dawkins also captured nine rebounds.
The next day, FRC lost 72-62 to Ohlone College.
“My team came out flat this game, with no defensive intensity and that really hurt us,” said White. “It felt like we were down 20 the whole game, even though it was much closer than that.”
The Golden Eagles had an excellent night shooting three-pointers, but they gave up too much on defense.
FRC sophomore Kelly Hernandez was the highest-scoring player from both teams with 25 points, and she also grabbed 11 rebounds. Sophomore Markie Wilder registered 11 points for Feather River.
“I feel that I can honestly say this team is special and will do special things when it comes to conference play in January,” said White. “We have some more tough games to play until then, but we will be ready to compete and make a run at the first Golden Valley Conference Championship since 1978.”
Feather River travels to play Fresno City and Porterville Jan. 3 – 4, before returning home to open its conference schedule against Butte College Jan. 7.