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Knights’ offense sputters in 75-63 loss to Feather River

Shasta College freshman Jenna Wallace goes up for a layup during the first half of Saturday's home game against Feather River College. Wallace scored 18 points in the 75-63 loss. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

For 15 minutes, the shooting woes for the Shasta College women’s basketball team appeared to be solved.

The next 20 minutes, however, proved they weren’t.

Shasta College’s led by as many as 16 in the first half but never recovered from being on the wrong end of a 21-3 run in the second half to lose 75-63 at home to Feather River Saturday in the Sierra Pacific Industries College Game of the Week.

Five players scored for the Knights in the opening quarter, led by Jenna Wallace’s 10 points in the period. Shasta jumped out to a 24-16 advantage on Riley Wallen’s bucket at the buzzer.

A Wallace bucket followed by a Kali Cummings steal converted into a Megan Collins layup fueled a 9-2 run to stretch the Knights’ lead to 38-22 midway through the second period.

But the Golden Eagles answered by scoring 14 of the next 16 points as Serena Sanchez-Gardipe, Precious Masters and Quinnah Ryan all got in on the scoring.

GALLERY: 16 photos from the Shasta College-Feather River game

Despite Shasta leading 42-36 at half, the Knights were bleeding points. Cummings buried a shot from downtown to stretch Shasta’s lead to seven. But that was the last field goal for nearly 15 minutes for the Knights, allowing Feather River to fire off a 21-2 run.

Shasta College’s Megan Collins drives to the hoop against Feather River College Saturday at home. (Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

When coupled with the dry spell from the first half, Shasta was outscored 39-11 across 20 minutes.

Shasta had four players in double figures, led by Wallace’s 18 points. Riley Wallen scored 15 points, Megan Collins scored 13 points and Kali Cummings scored 10 points.

The Knights fall to 0-2 in Golden Valley Conference play and go on the road Saturday to Butte College.

Feather River 16-20-15-24—75
Shasta 24-18-6-15—63
Feather River (2-0 GVC, 11-7): Ryan 20, Masters 20, Velasquez 10, Jackson 10, Sanchez Gardipe 7, Long 6, Aguilar 2.
Shasta (0-2 GVC, 12-7): Wallace 18, Wallen 15, Collins 13, Cummings 10, Larson 4, Rosales 3.
3-pointers—Feather River 3: Ryan (2), Masters (1); Shasta 5: Cummings (2), Collins (1), Wallen (1).

STANDINGS
Team GVC, Overall
Feather River 2-0, 11-7
RV Redwoods 1-0, 13-3
Siskiyous 1-0, 13-6
#20 Lassen 0-1, 15-4
#18 Butte 0-1, 14-5
Shasta 0-2, 12-7

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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