Basketball

Stunning finish sees CR women stretch winning streak to four

File photo – Fortuna’s Kendall Stewart nailed a clutch game-winning 3-pointer in the dying seconds to cap a brilliant comeback for the Corsairs on Saturday.

The College of the Redwoods women pieced together a stunning comeback to beat Feather River 68-66 on Saturday afternoon, capping a very impressive road trip with their fourth straight conference win.

The Corsairs trailed by 11 with two minutes remaining and fought back to sneak the victory when freshman Kendall Stewart nailed the game-winning 3-pointer with just 14 seconds on the clock.

“They left it all on the floor,” head coach Jain Tuey said. “I’m just in awe and so proud of them.”

Ashley Quigley, Gracie Betts, Rachel Valdez, Makaila Napoleon and Stewart all played the final two minutes and rallied together to pull out the dramatic win, which lifts CR to 4-2 in the Golden Valley Conference and 15-8 overall.

The ever-dangerous Quigley scored a team-high 24 points and assisted on the game-winning basket, while Napoleon had 17 points.

“It was a matter of how badly they wanted it, and they did just that,” said Tuey, who had no timeouts down the stretch and instructed her players to go full-court defense and “just go for it.”

Stewart’s shot was clutch.

“She just drilled it,” a delighted an emotional Tuey said.

The Corsairs also won 76-70 at Siskiyous on Thursday, completing what is usually the team’s toughest road trip of the season with two key conference wins.

They return home to play Shasta on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and conference leaders Butte (7-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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