Second-half struggles doom Shasta College women in 71-60 loss to Butte

Saydee Pevehouse (12) of Butte looks to turn the corner as Jordan Martinez of Shasta plays tight defense at Butte college Saturday afternoon. Shasta lost 71-60. (Eddie Saltzman- Contributed)

By Will Denner — Chico Enterprise-Record

BUTTE VALLEY — Live by the 3, die by the 3.

The Knights women’s team couldn’t help but think about the deep-shooting disparity after it helped them in the first half, only to finish shooting 17 percent for the game.

Butte College, meanwhile, tallied six of its nine makes from behind the line after halftime, including a third-quarter stretch when Butte outscored Shasta College 23-12. The Roadrunners’ 71-60 win was their first in the Golden Valley Conference after losing to Lassen 70-59 a week prior.

“It just came down to, really, being able to knock down shots,” Shasta head coach Jerry Brown. “We shot 17 percent from the 3-point line. You’re not beating anybody like that. And with that, Butte did a nice job, you know, they shot the ball well.”

During the second quarter, however, Shasta threatened to outgun Butte from deep. Off the bench, Kayla Bonomini entered the game and swished a trio of 3-pointers, the last of which drew the Knights to within 25-24 nearly halfway into the period.

Butte freshmen and Chico graduate Elana Croninger goes up for a layup in the first half as KeeleyTuggle (15) and Mari Fernandez (3) trail the play (Eddie Saltzman – Contributed)

Bonomini led the team with 16 points and Jordan Martinez added 15.

Despite trailing for all but one minute of the first half, Shasta sneaked into halftime with a 34-32 lead. Martinez scored a layup in transition with 35 seconds left, then Justyse Cooper swatted away a Butte shot in the paint, which led to Bonomini drawing a shooting foul with just half a second left on the clock. She knocked down both shots.

But the Roadrunners weren’t fazed by Shasta’s sudden surge. Rebecca Horn energized Butte’s offense with a pair of 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds of the third, also adding two made free throws.

“The first four minutes of the second half is what we’ve preached all year — it sets the tone for the rest of the half,” Butte head coach Tyler Newton said.

Butte’s balanced scoring came in waves, with Horn leading the charge in the third quarter en route to 13 points. Elyana Croninger carried the shooting into the fourth quarter with a couple more 3’s. The Chico High alumna tallied 17 points for the game.

In the first half, Chava Rivers, who scored 13 of a game-high 19 points and commanded the Roadrunners’ offense from her lead guard position.

“When we share the ball, everyone contributes, and those are the games that we win, and we play the best (in),” Croninger said. “We really have to work as a team. Everyone has to score and everyone has to contribute.”

Butte 71, Shasta 60
Shasta 9-25-12-14—60
Butte 16-16-23-16—71
Shasta (1-1 GVC, 8-9) — Fernandez 9, Cooper 10, Crawford 7, Tuggle 3, Bonomini 16, Martinez 15.
Butte (1-1 GVC, 7-8) — Caires 7, Kr. Walker 4, Horn 13, Pevehouse 3, Croninger 17, Rivers 19, Ka. Walker 8.
3-point goals — Shasta 6 (Bonomini 3, Crawford, Tuggle Martinez), Butte 9 (Horn 3, Croninger 3, Rivers 3, Pevehouse).