5 things you should know about COS's women's basketball team
The College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball team came away with a 67-59 win over Feather River at home Friday, even without fans to cheer them on in the gymnasium.
COS is playing a four-game spring schedule against a single team. The Lady Eagles lost the first game at home 66-59 on March 26, and won the second 66-49 on April 2. They conclude the season this Friday at Feather River for a 2 p.m. contest.
Here are five things about the season so far for COS.
1: Key factors in the win
To COS head coach Noelle Collier, it was how well the team shot. This included connecting on seven 3-pointers. Megan Bennett and Morgan Thomas each made 3-pointers apiece.
“I think that our shooting helped us get off to a great start,” she said. “Hitting a few threes in the first quarter gave us a cushion and confidence to play a solid game.
Collier was pleased with the squad's shot selection and the way they consistently hit their 3-point shot on Friday.
“As we played few games now they are figuring out what is a good shot, and what shots to take that they can knock down consistently,” Collier said. “I hope each game they come away more confident and have a better understanding of what type of player, and what type of team we are.
She added she felt the Lady Eagles rebounded well and played well on defense.
“This year to me is all about growing and improving. I think we are young and have a lot of things to learn. We need to stay strong mentally throughout the entire game," Collier said.
2: Seven is enough
COS is currently playing with only seven players.
Collier said they started with 10 players, but due to injuries, are down to seven. “With less people we have to play smart on defense not get into foul trouble, and take care of the ball,” she said. “I was very happy with our turnovers last game, not giving them easy buckets.
3: Top players
In Friday's contest, Kayana Woodward finished with 15 points, as did Bennett.
“I actually felt like our team across the board was really strong Friday,” Collier said. “Kayana Woodard has stepped up the last two games in both rebounding and scoring. Megan Bennett from Etna also came out really strong in the first quarter with a few threes.”
Halliday Hubbard fished with 13 points, while Thomas had 11 points.
4. 'The Siskiyou Four'
This season four of the seven team members are from Siskiyou County. They are Megan Bennett and Halliday Hubbard from Etna High School, Julia Crawford from Yreka High School, and Christine Bangert from Weed High School.
“Having a strong Siskiyou County group has been great,” Collier said. “Being closer to home during the year like this is helpful to a lot of these girls. However, we are very lucky each girl on the team has a very strong support system helping them. “
5: Preparing for Friday's game
Collier said in practice this week the squad will be working on press break, both zone and man offenses and getting a lot of shots up. "Especially free throws," she said. "I wasn’t happy with our free-throw percentage on Friday."
Overall, Collier said the experience of a shortened spring season has been positive.
“We are just feeling so fortunate to get games in and to get a little closer to normal,” Collier said. “These girls have been practicing since August. They come in every day ready to get better and compete, there’s not a lot of groups that would be able to hang on this long and I’m really proud of them. They’ve made my first year coaching a very enjoyable one.”