FRC’s Devin Crisosto slips past a Shasta defender and leaps toward the hoop. The Feather River men took control of conference with a 20-point victory last Saturday. Photos by Shannon Morrow
The Feather River College men’s and women’s basketball teams each picked up an important conference win against Shasta last Saturday evening in Quincy.
In back-to-back matches in front of a home crowd, the FRC women defeated Shasta 63-58, and then the men beat Shasta 69-49.
On the men’s side, both Feather River and Shasta entered the contest 4-1 in the Golden Valley Conference, so the victory moved FRC into first place with four games left in the regular season.
For the women, the win brought the Golden Eagles’ conference record to 4-2, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Feather River’s final home games of the regular season are this Saturday, Feb. 4, against College of the Redwoods. The women’s game begins at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.
Feather River started last Saturday’s game strong by building an 11-3 lead, but then Shasta got back to within one point at 18-17.
FRC’s last two scores of the first half were three-pointers, giving the Golden Eagles a 28-21 advantage at the intermission.
Early in the second half, Shasta cut FRC’s advantage to two points at 33-31, but then Feather River went on a 13-point run.
Shasta scored the next five points, bringing the score to 46-36 with ten minutes remaining in the game, but then the Golden Eagles put the game away with a 16-2 run that gave them a 24-point lead.
Freshman guard Devin Crisosto led Feather River with 17 points, making six of six from the free-throw line.
Andrew Lotts claimed 13 points for the Golden Eagles, and Budweiser Hawkins III, FRC’s only sophomore, sparked the team with 12 points.
Carlos Velazquez also scored four points for Feather River with four three-pointers.
Leading by three points with 20 seconds left in the game, FRC’s Alexis Johnson sank both free throws of a one-and-one situation to put the game away for the Golden Eagles.
Johnson led Feather River with 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half.
With a narrow 30-28 advantage at halftime, the Golden Eagles maintained control down the stretch to garner a five-point win.
Kelly Hernandez was FRC’s next highest scorer with 16 points, 10 of which were recorded in the second half.
Freshman Jasmine Plummer finished with 10 points for Feather River and led the team with seven steals.
In rebounding, Hernandez led with nine boards, followed by Jessica Voyles with six, Plummer with five, Johnson with four and Rachelle Dennis with three.