A number of College of the Redwoods freshmen have been adapting quickly to the collegiate game, with some of the them playing a big role once again on Friday in a 71-49 home win over Simpson JV.
Fortuna’s Darienne Kartes and Arcata’s Bree Northern each scored 19 points to lead the way for the Corsairs, who took control of the game early and never looked in danger of losing.
“I’m happy with the improvements we continue to make as a team,” CR head coach Jain Tuey said. “And it was exciting to get our first win on our home court.”
The Corsairs came out fired up, opening up a 17-2 advantage barely more than six minutes in.
“We executed our offense really well in the first half, and we were hitting our shots from the outside,” Tuey said.
As a team, CR nailed 13 3-pointers for the game, including 12 in the opening half.
Kartes finished with five 3s, while Northern had four.
Another freshman, Jayden Johnson, added 13 points, including three 3s, while sophomore Bobbie Purify finished with nine points.
“We had a full roster for our first time, so it was nice to see the team all together and getting comfortable with each other,” Tuey said.
With the win, the Corsairs improved to 4-5.
Simpson plays Hesston at CR on Saturday at noon, while CR and Hesston play each other on Sunday at noon.
Redwoods men 62, Napa 75
Logan Thrap and Jose Macareg each scored 16 points for the Corsairs, who lost for the second straight day at the Kris Kringle Tournament in Santa Rosa.
Thrap added six rebounds and a pair of assists, while Macareg also had three steals.
With the loss, CR dropped to 0-14.