A tough road trip caught up with the College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team on Saturday, when they fell 79-66 at Lassen, the No. 20 team in the state.
The Corsairs looked flat for much of the game, which got away from them in the second and third quarters, when they were outscored 39-21.
“We showed up in the first quarter and we were up by eight, but I don’t know what happened after that,” CR head coach Jain Tuey said. “We struggled. We had low energy.”
The loss ends a five-game winning streak for the CR women, who were playing their second game in 23 hours to cap a four-day road trip battling severe weather conditions.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but being there for four days and playing a tough physical game last night, I definitely think it took a toll on the girls’ bodies,” Tuey said.
Juliana Ortega-Miranda had one of her best games of the season despite the loss, scoring a team-high 20 points and making her presence felt throughout.
“She just really stepped up today,” Tuey said of the multi-sport standout. “She was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, and she was a presence. She gave us an energy boost.”
So too did Ashley Quigley, who battled hard despite missing some shots and finished with 18 points, including three 3-pointers.
“Ashley Quigley fought to the very end,” Tuey said.
Dennise Horton added 12 points, while Darienne Kartes had three 3s in the opening quarter.
The Corsairs, who posted an impressive win at Feather River on Friday night, dropped to 2-1 in the Golden Valley Conference and 14-4 overall.
They return home to host Siskiyous on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s loss was just the second for the team dating back to mid-November.