Shasta College’s Kayla Bonomini readies her shot against Feather River Saturday night. Bonomini scored a career-high 42 points in the 91-42 win. (Photo by T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)
For nearly 15 minutes, Kayla Bonomini couldn’t miss.
The Shasta College sophomore from Eureka scored 24 of her career-high 42 points in the third quarter and the Knights rolled over visiting Feather River College 91-42 on Saturday in the Sierra Pacific Industries Women’s College Game of the Week.
Bonomini made nine consecutive shots in the third period and was 11 of 12 from the floor in the second half, boosting an already dangerous Shasta team that has taken control of the Golden Valley Conference with a 4-1 mark.
“If I wouldn’t have gotten those great passes it wouldn’t have happened,” said Bonomini, who was also 10 of 14 from 3-point range in the game.
Every Knight looked to get Bonomini the ball on her hot streak. Sophomore point guard Jordan Martinez, who was one point shy of a triple double with 12 assists, 11 rebounds and nine points, kicked it to her often beyond the arc and quick in transition. Mari Fernandez pitched in with 16 points and seven rebounds and Justyse Cooper added eight rebounds and four blocks.
“You have to give the team credit, for her to get those shots that means we have to defend well, rebound well and push the ball well,” Shasta College coach Jerry Brown said.
Shasta (4-1 GVC, 11-9) fell to Feather River (2-3 GVC, 11-8) earlier in the season and the Knights were determined to not let history repeat itself, Brown said. The Knights pushed tempo early and often in this one, scoring quickly in transition and running the floor to get high-percentage shots and open looks from the outside.
The Knights ended the first quarter up 19-2 and scored 20 straight points stretching across nearly 10 minutes of play. Shasta’s crisp passing and energy on offense flustered Feather River with defenders colliding with each other multiple times, leaving the Knights open for buckets. Shasta’s lead stretched to 38-10 at half thanks to a couple big shots from Terra Crawford.
The third is when Shasta – mainly Bonomini – came alive. The Knights went on an 18-2 run, getting points on nine straight possessions with breakaway layups thanks to quick outlet passes and Bonomini’s locked in shooting that left the crowd amazed.
“She knocked them down. I haven’t seen anything like that in all my years of coaching,” Brown said. “They were pure. A nice confident stroke. I’m proud of her. She shot the hell out of the ball.”
Shasta outscored Feather River 32-12 in the third period and the Knights cruised the rest of the way.
The Knights host College of the Redwoods on Saturday.
Shasta College 91, Feather River College 42
Feather River 2-8-12-20—42
Feather River (2-3 GVC, 11-8): Gutton 14, Agmata 8, Velasquez 6, Penney 6, Chavez 6, Jackson 2.
Shasta (4-1 GVC, 11-9): Bonomini 42, Fernandez 16, Martinez 9, Crawford 9, Cooper 6, Tuggle 5, Frye 2.
3-pointers—Feather River 4 (Chavez 2, Agmata 2); Shasta 13 (Bonomini 10, Fernandez, Tuggle, Martinez).
Team GVC, Overall
Shasta 4-1, 11-9
Siskiyous 3-2, 13-7
Lassen 3-2, 14-8
Butte 2-2, 8-9
Feather River 2-3, 11-8
Redwoods 0-4, 5-12