Clutch free throws help lift Redwoods women past Shasta

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – CR’s Gracie Betts defends a Shasta player during Wednesday’s game.

By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs are finding ways to win tight games.

On Wednesday night, the College of the Redwoods women rallied late again, overturning a seven-point fourth quarter deficit on the way to beating Shasta College 52-49 at CR.

And they did it with some clutch free throws down the stretch, with Ashley Quigley instrumental in the late rally.

Quigley scored a co-team-high 18 points in the win and was 12-for-12 from the line, as the Corsairs secured their fifth straight win and improved to 5-2 in the Golden Valley Conference and 16-8 overall.

Quigley’s pinpoint accuracy from the line helped key a 15-2 run in the fourth, as the home team turned a seven-point deficit into a six-point lead with two minutes remaining to take control of the game.

Rachel Valdez also continued to impress and scored 18 points, while Kathryce Danzuka chipped in eight points.

With influential starter Makaila Napoleon unable to play, Naschewen Hunsucker stepped up late to help give the CR women an inside presence they had lacked for much of the night.

“It was a tough battle,” head coach Jain Tuey said. “Shasta’s that type of team that will keep battling and keep coming at you.”

Shasta dropped to 2-5 and 14-8.

Next up for CR is a home game on Saturday against conference leaders Butte (8-0).

CR men win

The CR men also won a key matchup against Shasta on Wednesday night, 72-62, to move into a tie with the Knights for first place in the conference standings.

Both teams are now 6-1 in the GVC and will face off again at Shasta next week.

The Corsairs are 16-5 overall, while Shasta is 13-11.

No more details were immediately available, but we’ll have more on this game on Thursday.

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