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Women's Basketball: Bear Cubs take Folsom to OT but cannot pull off the win

#30 Kierra Johnson playing against Folsom Lake

SRJC 56, Folsom Lake College 62 in OT

             The Bear Cubs (8-11, 3-4) started the second round of Big 8 play by hosting the Falcons of Folsom Lake College (12-9, 3-4). The Falcons' leading scorer, Shay Boley, put in the first field goal of the game after 93 seconds of play. Seventeen seconds later, Kassi Agapoff drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. The Falcons countered with their first two free throws. Trinity Hawkins scored the next six points on a screen and roll play with Agapoff, a baseline inbounds play with Lani Lincoln, and a 1-footer on a pass from Lizbeth Zavala for an 8-4 lead with 4:51 on the clock. The Falcons made their only other field goal of the quarter 50 seconds later. The Bear Cubs added one free throw by Agapoff and Kierra Johnson's scoring drive with 1:55 left to hold an 11-6 lead by the end of the period.

            The Falcons started the second quarter with the ball and Dejanet Porter drained a 3-pointer. Trinity Hawkins scored on a drive on the Bear Cubs' first possession. The Falcons tallied the next five points on a field goal and Boley's 3-point play before Hawkins pulled down a defensive rebound and drove around and past defenders to bank in the layup at the 6-minute mark. Two free throws by Boley put the Falcons ahead 16-15. Amaya Macandog's 3-pointer and Kassi Agapoff's reverse layup gave the Bear Cubs a 20-16 lead. After one Falcon free throw, Hawkins scored on a drive and Macandog on a fast break layup with 1:46 on the clock to stretch their lead to 24-17. During the next 74 seconds Dejanet Porter sank a 3-pointer and Delaney Keddie two free throws for the Falcons. With 15.2 seconds left Hawkins completed a 3-point play, but the Falcons banked in a close shot 8 seconds after that to cut their host's lead to 27-24 by halftime.

            Shay Boley's 3-pointer tied the score 90 seconds into the third quarter. The Bear Cubs scored 7 unanswered points on two field goals by Kierra Johnson and Lani Lincoln's 3-pointer. The Falcons added two field goals before Lincoln's two in a row and Johnson's single free throw made the Bear Cubs' lead 39-31 at the 2-minute mark. Boley sank two free throws with 1:16 left. The Bear Cubs scored the final four points of the quarter on Amaya Macandog's 2-footer on a pass from Johnson and Lizbeth Zavala's steal and layup to stretch their lead to 43-33.

            After 92 seconds of play in the fourth quarter, Kierra Johnson scored on a low post move. Then Boley swished a 3-pointer. Lani Lincoln dropped in a runner from about 8 feet with 7:55 on the clock to put the Bear Cubs ahead 47-36. The Falcons sent on an 8-0 run, which included two 3-pointers, Kierra Johnson was fouled and made just one free throw at the 2:40 mark. The Falcons then sank another 3-pointer to close to 47-48 with 2:17 left. Neither team scored until Trinity Hawkins was whistled for her fifth foul with 57.3 seconds remaining. With the Bear Cubs over the foul limit, Delaney Keddie went to the free throw line. She made both to put the Falcons ahead 49-48. The Bear Cubs missed their shot attempts and had to foul. Keddie again went to the free throw line with 9.4 seconds to go. She made the first but not the second. Lizbeth Zavala grabbed the rebound and the Bear Cubs called a timeout and advanced the ball. Coach Campbell drew up a play and when play resumed, Lincoln caught the pass and lobbed to Johnson, who was cutting to the basket. She caught the ball and banked in a shot around a defender to tie the score at 50. With 3.9 seconds on the clock, the Falcons called a timeout and advanced the ball. They inbounded the ball, but Lincoln knocked their next pass away to Kierra Johnson and the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.

            Lani Lincoln scored the first field goal of the 5-minute overtime period. Mo Peters put the visitors ahead with a 3-pointer. Kierra Johnson's putback at the 3:55 mark got the Bear Cubs a 54-53 lead. The Falcons scored a field goal with 3:07 on the clock, and then Boley intercepted a poor pass by the Bear Cubs and made the easy layup 16 seconds later to stretch their lead to 57-54. Amaya Macandog tallied the Bear Cubs' final two points on a pair of free throws with 2:41 left. During the remaining time the Falcons made two more field goals and a free throw, while the Bear Cubs missed shots and passed the ball away, resulting in a disappointing 56-62 loss.

            In the third quarter the Bear Cubs made 7 out of 25 shots (47%) as they outscored the Falcons 16-9. But in the fourth quarter, the Bear Cubs made their first two shots then missed their next 13, several of which were from within 2 feet of the basket, and made the last one (3 out of 16 for 19%). During the overtime period the Bear Cubs committed 5 turnovers, two of them resulting in layups by the Falcons, and they made just 2 out of 8 shots (25%). The Falcons outscored the Bear Cubs from the free throw line making 14 out of 21 (67%) to the host's 8 out of 15 (53%). Six different Falcons made at least one 3-pointer for a total of 8. For the Bear Cubs only Lani Lincoln and Amaya Macandog made one each from beyond the arc. Shay Boley led all scorers with 18 points. Delaney Keddie and Dejanet Porter both scored 11 points each.

            Trinity Hawkins, who picked up her fourth foul in the third quarter and eventually fouled out with 57.3 seconds left in regulation, was the leading scorer for the Bear Cubs with 15 points, all coming in the first half. Kierra Johnson had an off shooting night but still registered her 11th double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, 7 of which were offensive. Lani Lincoln, who played the entire game, finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. 5'7" Amaya Macandog, returning to action after missing the last four games, did a good job of filling in as the backup post player with Hanna Morris injured, and scored 9 points. Kassi Agapoff added 5 points. Lizbeth Zavala contributed 2 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Kierra Johnson blocked 5 shots.