Eagles looking for home win against Lassen to set up big game at Butte on Feb. 3. Photos included from home games Jan. 16 against Butte and Jan. 27 against Feather River.
The College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball team kept pace with the leaders in the Golden Valley Conference by defeating Feather River, 72-54, Wednesday night, Jan. 27, in Weed.
The victory improved the Eagles’ record to 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the Golden Valley Conference. Going into Saturday’s home game against Lassen, Siskiyous was tied for first place with Shasta and Butte. Each team’s loss was on the road to one of the other three: Butte lost at Siskiyous, Siskiyous lost at Shasta and Shasta lost at Butte.
Siskiyous coach Tom Powers said his team’s immediate goal is to beat Lassen and set up a big game at Butte on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Freshman Michelle Hoehn of Truckee scored 28 points against Feather River, boosting her team-leading average per game to 15.5.
Three other Eagles are averaging double-digit scoring for the first 19 games: Amber Franko (12.9), Natalie Smith (12.2) and Dijana Topalovic (10.1). Alanna Stevens is averaging 9.2 and Cassidy Hammon 6.9
Smith, the Eagles’ freshman point guard, scored 10 against Feather River, Franko 9, Dominique Quitoriano 8, Hammon 6, Topalovic 5 and Antoinette Aguirre 4.
Franko added 10 rebounds and 9 assists, Quitoriano had 8 rebounds and Hammon 7.
Powers admits his team is “streaky,” and they showed some of that against Feather River, including a fast start that led to a 24-6 lead.
For much of the second half the Eagles’ lead hovered at about 20 points, but then Feather River narrowed it to 55-43 with 5:30 to play.
A three-point bucket from the corner by freshman point guard Natalie Smith helped get Siskiyous rolling again.
Usually a good free throw shooting team, the Eagles hit just 11 of 24 from the line, which made their task a bit tougher.
Powers said his team is ranked No. 7 in Northern California, despite their hot-and-cold tendencies.
“We’re not as consistent as we’d like to be,” Powers said. “I don’t think that will change over the next six games... We play hard and do some things I wish we didn’t, but hopefully we can win some games on the road.”
The Eagles handled Feather River’s speed and pressure defense well, and Powers said they’ll need to do the same thing at Butte.
Photos in this gallery are from the Eagles’ home victories over Butte on Jan. 16 and Feather River on Jan. 27.?