COS a step behind

Ron Borges

Turnovers hurt the College of the Siskiyous women’s basketball team (19-11, 7-3) in a 75-65 first round lost to host Ohlone College on Friday.

The Eagles’ perimeter defense was an issue as they gave up six treys to Ohlone. Coach Tom Powers stated if you combine that with the 17 turnovers in the first half, it contributed to a 20 point halftime deficit.

“We just weren’t playing well at that point,” Powers said. “[Ohlone] was just a step ahead of us. If we didn’t give them such a big lead, we could’ve come back”

In the second half, the Eagles stopped throwing the ball away, which gave them more opportunities to score. At the 5:30 mark, COS had cut the lead to six but both team traded baskets for the remainder of the game.

Ohlone took away one of the two towers, Leah Swain, with their press. Jazmin McDaniel got a bulk of the playing time because Powers wanted a plyer who could handle the ball. Powers said she played one of her best games of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Crissy Watts led the Eagles with 22 points. Jennifer Whipple scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half. Amber Franko also had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Powers said the season was a little disappointing because he believed the team wasn’t able to get to the level he knew they could be.

“It was a good season but we weren't able to get over the hump and win conference,” Powers said. “Hopefully we can win it next year.”

It was a tough preseason for the Eagles, starting the season 0-2 by a combined 10 points and facing top ranked San Joaquin Delta, Fullerton and Fresno. They did manage a second place finish in the Allan Hancock Lady Bulldog Classic and a third in the Contra Costa Comet Classic.      They had chances to take the Golden Valley Conference championship in close home losses to Shasta and Lassen College. On the road, they were a much better team, going 4-1. Their only loss came to Shasta in the championship game.