Shorthanded CR women hold on for much-needed conference win

File photo – Ashley Quigley scored 21 points in Wednesday’s win.

A shorthanded College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team returned to the court on Wednesday and held on late for a 66-63 home win over Feather River.

The Corsairs have been without most of their players for the past week because of COVID protocols and they suited up just seven for Wednesday’s game, which was their first in 11 days and only their third of 2022.

And it showed late in the game, with none of CR’s seven fourth-quarter points coming from play.

“It looked like we couldn’t get in a rhythm in the fourth quarter,” head coach Jain Tuey said. “We battled to the very end and I’m happy we pulled out the win.”

The win was the team’s first in conference play and lifts the Corsairs to 1-2 in the Golden Valley Conference and 12-8 overall.

Ashley Quigley scored a team-high 21 points in the win, while teammate Rachel Valdez finished with 19 points and Makaila Napoleon 13.

“Those three step up every game,” Tuey said.

Napoleon played a pivotal role in helping the Corsairs hold on late and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore guard Serena Sanchez-Gardipe scored 11 points in the fourth for the visitors, who outscored CR 18-7 for the period.

Thanks to a strong first half, however, the home team was able to hold on.

File photo – Makaila Napoleon

“We actually started off really well,” Tuey said. “The girls played composed and really together. We did the things we talked about defensively, and offensively we flowed.”

Lily Shelton also had a good game for the home team and has seen her role evolve, becoming more of a post presence.

College of the Redwoods Athletics – Lily Shelton

“Lily Shelton has been playing well,” the coach added. “She’s getting in the right position and working on the little things we’ve been talking about.

“The whole team played well defensively.”

Feather River dropped to 0-3 in the GVC and 7-11 overall.

The Corsairs, who were forced to postpone two games last week, had just five players available for practice late last week and were down to just four on Monday.

Tuey, however, is hoping to have two additional players return for a home game against Siskiyous on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

But a lack of recent practice time is hampering preparations.

“We just need more reps on the court,” Tuey said.

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