The Feather River college women’s basketball team traveled to play Gavilan College and defeated the Rams 77-75 in overtime Dec. 30.
The Golden Eagles played with only seven girls and still came out victorious.
“We played with resiliency, played hard, played focused, and fought through adversity to take the win in OT,” said FRC coach Brent Stephens.
The FRC women fell behind early and trailed 13-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Gavilan took over in the second quarter and the Golden Eagles trailed 33-26 at halftime.
The second half, however, was a completely different FRC team. The Golden Eagles came out of the locker room on fire and scored 28 points in the third quarter. FRC took control and led 54-51 with eight minutes to play in the game.
The fourth quarter brought more close action. Gavilan outscored FRC 16-13 to make the score 67-67 at the end of the regulation play.
Both teams prepared to head into overtime. Just two minutes into the overtime period, FRC’s Cierra Miles picked up her fifth foul, but the Golden Eagles’ defense held strong and FRC walked away with a win.
Miles led the Golden Eagles with 30 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and three assists. Catharine Rees chipped in 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The other player in double digits was Savannah Cox who had 14 points, four rebounds and three steals.
“This is a very good sign for our Golden Valley League games,” coach Stephens said. “We play a very tough schedule this season. We showed our inexperience early, but we’re finally turning a corner and maturing. Now we are finally winning the close games.”
FRC’s record improved to 6-10. The Golden Eagles host Shasta College on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
FRC is familiar with Shasta. The teams have played twice already this season, and will meet two more times, including the game Jan. 13.
The FRC men are 16-1 overall and will also play Shasta on Jan. 13.