Shasta College goes cold in second half in 65-56 loss to Cabrillo

Shasta College sophomore Mari Fernandez dribbles the ball between Cabrillo defenders in their game Saturday in the Shasta College Crossover. (Photo by T.J. Holmes/Shasta County Sports)

The night after pounding Gavilan, the Shasta College women’s basketball team couldn’t keep its hot start flowing and dropped a 65-56 contest to Cabrillo College Saturday in the Shasta Crossover and the Sierra Pacific Industries Women’s College Game of the Week.

Shasta (7-8) was locked in from downtown early on with four 3-pointers, three of which came from Bonomini, and jumped out to a 21-18 lead after one. Bonomini scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the opening period and the Knights got some help from Rylee Smith in the second quarter with a banked triple and a coast-to-coast layup to lead 34-33 at half.

But when the Seahawks (9-3) shifted to a zone in the third quarter, the Knights couldn’t find an answer. Passes weren’t crisp and some went directly into the hands of the Cabrillo players.

Justyse Cooper hit the first bucket underneath of the second half for Shasta and then the Knights squandered, allowing the Seahawks to go on a 10-0 run. Michaela Thorton knocked down a 3 and scored six straight points and Drue Chapman’s layup put Cabrillo up 43-37 until Mikenzy Frye’s 3 ended the 6 minute, 21 second scoring drought.

Cabrillo point guard Heleyna Hill continued to deliver big play after big play, dropping in a 3 and facilitating the offense before Veronica Johnson’s old-fashioned three-point play stretched the lead to double-digits.

Shasta was limited with an inside presence as Cooper was in foul trouble throughout and picked up her fifth foul with 5:58 left.

“We never got in a rhythm inside with her,” Brown said.

Shasta sophomore point guard Jordan Martinez hit 3 and followed it up with a mid-range jumper to pull within five. Terra Crawford followed with a spin move to a left-handed layup with 5:29 left to make it a one-possession game at 56-53.

That’s when the wheels fell off.

Shasta turned the ball over on the next four possessions and didn’t make another field goal the rest of the way. Hill dropped in a 15-foot jumper and delivered the dagger on a 3-pointer with 2:33 left to make it a 10-point game.

Hill scored a game-high 23 points, eight of which came in the fourth.

“We’re doing what we could – going with four-out, cut and ball screens but never found a rhythm,” Brown said. “We missed a lot of shots in the second half that we made in the first half and started throwing the ball around and that’s inexcusable.”

Shasta opens Golden Valley Conference play at College of the Redwoods on Saturday and returns home Jan. 16 against Lassen College.

Cabrillo 65, Shasta 56
Shasta 21-13-9-13—56
Cabrillo 18-15-18-14—65
Shasta (7-8): Bonomini 16, Martinez 10, Fernandez 6, Cooper 6, Tuggle 5, Frye 5, Smith 4, Crawford 4.
Cabrillo (9-3): Hill 23, Thorton 14, Chapman 9, Maixner 8, Miller 6, Quintana-Martin 5.
3-pointers—Shasta 9 (Bonomini 4, Martinez 2, Fernandez 1, Tuggle 1, Frye 1); Cabrillo 8 (Hill 3, Thorton 3, Maixner 2).

About T.J. Holmes

T.J. is a national award-winning journalist who has roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010. He shares his passion for sports and the community with his fiancé Tracy, who works alongside him as a videographer for Shasta County Sports. Story tip: shastacountysports@gmail.com.

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