|Feather River College’s Alexis Johnson (left) and Jasmine Plummer (right) battle for the ball with some of Butte’s players Jan. 18 in the FRC gym. Johnson was the high scorer for the Eagles that game and Plummer led the defense. Photo by James Wilson|
The Feather River College women’s basketball team overwhelmed Butte College the evening of Jan. 17 with a 71-49 victory.
The Eagles struggled a bit in the first half, but blew out Butte in the second half.
FRC utilized the skills of its players, bringing the right ones out at the right time. The victory improved the Eagles’ conference record at 1-1 and overall record to 8-9. Butte fell to 0-2 and 4-12 overall.
FRC’s Amy Yeager ruled the court behind the three-point line, and proved to be the team’s best three-point shooter. Yeager made four three-pointers and one field goal to score 14 points during the game.
In the last three FRC games, Yeager made six, five and four three-pointers to average five per game.
Jasmine Plummer continued to dominate defensively and in passing. Plummer stole the ball seven times. She also guarded Butte’s best offensive player to stifle the Roadrunners.
Rachelle Dennis proved her shooting ability, going eight for eight at the free-throw line.
“(Dennis) always has a non-stop hustle,” said the Eagles’ coach, Haley White. “Most of the team kind of piggybacks on her intensity to help them rally.”
Alexis Johnson led the Eagles in scoring with 24 points. Johnson also nabbed 14 rebounds and went 10 for 11 in free throws.
Feather River started the game with a short lead and kept it through the first 10 minutes of the game. Butte came back to tie it up 15-15 in the middle of the first half.
The Eagles regained a six-point lead, only to once again have Butte cut the lead to 27-26. But that was the closest Butte would get.
The Eagles went on a 9-2 run, ending the first half with a 36-28 lead. The second half was just a slaughter.
The Eagles continued expanding their lead the entirety of the second half. Midway through the half the Eagles outscored Butte 18-5.
The game couldn’t end soon enough for Butte, which was stopped by Feather River at nearly every turn. Finally the Eagles had the ball with 20 seconds left in the game, and held on to it to run the time out.