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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 3C, Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.com The Feather River College women's basketball squad earned its stripes last week at home by defeating the Mendocino Lady Eagles in a 68-36 stomping that saw 10 out of 11 Golden Eagle players score. FRC never trailed in the game that saw sophomore Ashley Hibbard lead all players with 16 points, four of which were three-pointers. Freshman Traci Strong added 14 points and was deadly from beyond the arc as well with four treys on the night. FRC head coach Haley White praised Hibbard after the game for her scoring and leadership abilities. "When Ashley gets her feet set and is relaxed, she can do amazing things out there," White said of her sophomore player. "She has the green light with me and I have all the confidence in the world that she can keep up her rhythm as a shooter." Despite the win against Mendocino, the Lady Eagles, home opener against Gavilan College one day earlier did not go according to White's plans: the Golden Eagles snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, dropping a 25-18 first half lead against the Rams and falling On a 53-50 final tally. The game started with a slow but solid offensive output from FRC in the first 20 minutes as the Golden Eagles set up a 28-15 lead. After the halftime break, however, it was a completely different game -- the Rams blew open a lead they would not lose for the rest of the match. "Honestly, even though we were up in the first half, I don't think our offense did well at all against (Gavilan)," White said. "I expected to put up 65 to 70 points in the game and, after looking at the film, we missed at least nine to 10 layups that we would have made any other day of the week. I think it was a little bit of first-home-game jitters." Those jitters ended up giving the Rams a chance to stretch out their lead to 10 points in the second half before an FRC rally got the Golden Eagles to a three-point deficit with four ticks left on the clock. Taking the inbound, Strong put up what was very nearly a three-pointer to tie it up, though, as White commented, it rimmed out and left FRC down as time expired. "We got it down to a one-possession game and had four or five seconds left; I told them not to foul because ! wanted us to have a chance to tie the game," White said. "Traci is one of our best three-point shooters at any point in the game. She can come in and make those happen and she got the shot off, but like all night, it went halfway down and rimmed out." Even though her team was holding back a bit on the court, White said the crowd for FRC's opener was unrestrained off to the side. "The girls were a bit wound up and a bit tense, but the crowd was amazing," White said. "We're very thankful to have such an awesome bunch of fans." The next home game for the Lady Golden Eagles will be Dec. 1 when the team hosts Sacramento City College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Ashley Hibbard (No. 23) drives around an open lane against Gavilan College last week. Photo by Grog Knight during the Lady Golden Eagles' outing In Greg Knight Sports Writer sports@plumasnews.com The Greenville Lady Indians volleyball team fought valiantly and to the very end of its second round Division VI playoff match against Providence Christian last week, but ultimately fell 3-2 (13-25, 13-25, 25-14, 25-19, 17-15) to the Lady Lions. The last set, in which the Lions eventually came out on top by two points, 17-15, was the toughest by far for the Indians. Head coach Dan Brown said his squad came close to the win, though it was a case of too little too late. "We started out the run to the end of that set leading 8-7," Brown said. "From then on it was trading points until 15-15 when they picked up the last two points. It was tough at the end to go out like that. If we had played better in the first two games we would have won that match." On offense in the game, Trinity Lincoln and Autumn, Brown shared top-rank honors, with Lincoln logging a 23.3 percent kill rating on 43 attempts and 10 kills. Brown did her part by penciling in eight service aces on 32 serves and a mere two errors from the backline. In other offensive stats, Brook House had seven kills on 35 attempts while Brown and Marissa Willits each had three kills. Valerie Peter, Alex Garcia and Stevie Joseph each made one kill in the match. Lincoln also had four service aces, with Peters, House and Garcia adding one apiece as well. Defensively, the Indians relied heavily on Peters, with nine digs and three solo blocks, while House put up eight digs and had 17 receptions. Brown was outstanding in the ball-handling department with 21 assists on 127 attempts in the game. Willits led in receptions with 20 and libero Nikole Machado ended the night with six receptions and three digs. In terms of status in the Pioneer-Mountain League, a handful of Lady Indians led the way; Lincoln led all competition with 127 attack kills and 47 all-purpose blocks. Peters logged 84 digs, while Autumn Brown led with 96 service acesand 304 assists. : The Lady Indians finish the 2014 season with an overall record of 11-15, though they went 7-1 in league action and were tied with Westwood for the conference championship. The Feather River College Golden Eagles are ranked at No. 5 in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Northern California preseason poll. The team, led by head coach Terry Baumgartner, is coming off its eighth consecutive Golden Valley Conference championship in 2014. The 2015 squad will return four first team all-Golden Valley Conference performers: infielders Michael Sanderson and Nathan Reynolds, outfielder Eli Putnam and Starting pitcher Skylar Haynes. "We are very excited with our club this fall, as we have seen a lot of improvement not only in our newcomers but also our returners," Baumgartner said. "This group of players has a chance to be pretty good this spring, II in as long as we can carry the momentum from fall to spring." This is Baumgartner's eighth season as the head coach of the Golden Eagles, after spending one season as the assistant head coach in 2007. His career record at Feather River is 224-69, a .765 winning percentage over the course of seven seasons. Assistant head coach Jason Gay begins his 12th season on the Golden Eagles coaching staff and his seventh year as the assistant head coach. Joining him is Kyle Wise, who begins his fifth season, and Greg McCarthy, who is in his fourth year. The newcomers to the coaching staff are Kyle Stone, who played for the Golden Eagles in 2010 and 2011, and Max Gordon, who starred at Oregon State University. "These players are very fortunate to have such outstanding coaches working with them on a daily basis," Baumgartner added. "I am also very lucky to have such great assistant coaches. It has been a great fall watching these coaches develop our players on the field, in the weight room and in the classroom. My assistant coaches are not only good teachers of baseball but also great individuals with outstanding character." Feather River opens the 2015 season Jan. 30, 2015, when it plays a doubleheader at Taft College in Kern County. The Golden Eagles will open up the day with a game against Solano College at 10:30 a.m followed by a game against host Taft College at 2 p.m. The Golden Eagles will finish the weekend by playing Barstow College at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. 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