Feather River College’s Jasmine Plummer measures out her shot during the Dec. 29, 2012, victory over Sacramento City College. Plummer led the Eagles in points during the game. Photos by James Wilson
The Feather River College women’s basketball team (7-8) traveled to the College of the Siskiyous on Jan. 4 to take on Fresno and Porterville. FRC lost 95-41 to Fresno and won 72-59 over Porterville.
Fresno State is currently ranked the No. 1 team in the north state and the No. 3 team in all California.
“The pace that Fresno plays is pretty much non-stop,” said FRC’s coach, Haley White.
Jasmine Plummer played the entire game against Fresno, which made White worry that she would be tired during the game against Porterville.
Plummer came out with a refreshed attitude, however, and scored 14 points and nabbed nine steals and 10 rebounds — one steal away from making a triple-double.
Amy Yeager led the Eagles in points against Porterville, with 17. Yeager made five three-pointers and one field goal. Ashlee Neiman also scored 10 points and made five rebounds.
“This was a game where (Porterville) played man against us, but we were bigger than them and were able to get the ball,” said White. “It was a good complement between (Yeager) shooting and being able to get the ball inside.”
FRC 43, Sacramento 41
Earlier in the week, Dec. 29, 2012, the team upped its record to 6-7 with a 43-41 victory over the Sacramento City College Panthers.
The Eagles squeaked out a comeback win after being behind 20-14 at the half. The match-up made for an exciting first home game for the Lady Eagles.
“I’m really proud of my girls,” said White. “We learned a lot of different things during this game that we’ll hopefully be able to take with us through the rest of the season.”
The two teams started the game fairly evenly matched and were tied 6-6 within the first five minutes. Sac then took a two-point lead and continued widening the gap through the half. By the end of the first half the Panthers were up 20-14.
“I gave each player specific feedback on what they needed to do better,” said White. “I challenged them to do better. We missed seven layups in the first half — uncontested, right there at the basket.”
The Eagles came out of the locker room with determination. Almost immediately the Eagles scored six points while Sacramento only made one penalty shot to nearly even the score 21-20.
The Panthers regained their control, however, and sank three two-pointers in a row while stopping every Eagle attempt. FRC continued fighting, to once again trail Sacramento by one at 33-32.
Sacramento made a two-pointer to widen the lead. Immediately afterward FRC’s Amy Yeager evened the score 38-38 with a three-pointer, the only three-pointer of the game. With only two minutes left in the game, this was the first time the Eagles were tied.
Yeager took it one step further and gave FRC the lead with a two-pointer. Jasmine Plummer made two penalty shots to even further the lead.
With only 20 seconds left, Sacramento made a two-pointer and penalty shot to trail by one. Plummer made a penalty shot.
With five seconds remaining and Sacramento’s ball, White called a timeout.
“I really wanted to emphasize to my team that (Sacramento) was going to go for the win, so we needed to prevent a three-pointer,” added White. “Make them put the ball on the floor, and don’t give up a three.”
Rather than trying to tie the game, Sacramento went for the win with a three-pointer with the buzzer buzzing and missed it for a 43-41 FRC victory.
“We ended up scoring 29 points in the second half compared to the 14 points in the first half,” commented White. “That’s where we needed to be and what I expect of this team.”
Plummer led the Eagles in points with 15 in total: nine free throws and three two-pointers. Plummer also nabbed six steals and three rebounds.
Alexis Johnson made six two-pointers and a free throw to contribute 13 points for the Eagles. Johnson also made three steals and three rebounds. Ashlee Neiman made one two-pointer and three free throws along with two steals and four rebounds.