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Bear Cubs balanced scoring lead to 74-50 win over Cosumnes River

Kierra Johnson in the post

SRJC 74, Cosumnes River College 50

            The Bear Cubs (9-5, 1-1) hosted their second night game in a row, this time their opponents were the Hawks (0-5, 0-3) of Cosumnes River College. With the Hawks' tallest player five inches shorter than her, Ashleigh Barr easily won the jump ball and tipped it to Lizeth Zavala, who banked in the uncontested left side layup. The Hawks made their first shot to tie the score. Twelve seconds later Ashleigh Barr passed to a cutting Ciarah Michalik for the 1-footer. Barr's own 1-footer on an assist from Michalik with 7:49 on the clock prompted the Cosumnes River coach to call a timeout. The Hawks scored following the timeout. The Bear Cubs put together an 11-0 run, including Alex Ditizio's 3-pointer, for a 17-4 lead at the 3:34 mark. The Hawks sank a 3-pointer 34 seconds after that. Kierra Johnson got open near the hoop and Hannah Webb found her with the assist pass. After a Hawks' 2-pointer, Lizbeth Zavala dropped in a 6-footer. The Hawks made one free throw with 1:10 left. The Bear Cubs finished the period with Ashleigh Barr's 14-footer and two consecutive steals and layups by Lizeth Zavala for a 27-10 lead.

            Trinity Hawkins' putback of her own miss started the scoring in the second quarter. The Hawks drew a shooting foul and made both free throws. Rose Nevin spotted Ciarah Michalik making a back cut and hit her with the assist pass next to the hoop. The Hawks put in two unanswered field goals before Kierra Johnson caught Ciarah Michalik's assist by the basket. The Hawks drained a 3-pointer, then Johnson scored on a drive with 3:49 left. The Hawks went on a 6-0 run before Johnson's 1-footer on an assist from Tal Webb completed the scoring in the period with the Bear Cubs in front 37-27.

            Trinity Hawkins again scored the first basket of the quarter thanks to an assist from Ashleigh Barr. The Hawks made a field goal 55 seconds into the period. The Bear Cubs made five field goals—two by Tal Webb, two by Barr, and one by Hawkins—before the Hawks scored with 4:33 on the clock. During the remainder of the quarter, the Hawks sank a 3-pointer, a 2-pointer, and a free throw. Meanwhile Alex Ditizio scored on a drive, Ciarah Michalik made one free throw, Kierra Johnson drained a 15-footer and then a reverse layup, Lizbeth Zavala drove across the key to sink a layup, and Lizbeth Zavala passed to Johnson near the basket for the 1-footer and a 60-37 advantage.

            Ciarah Michalik sank a 3-pointer from the right baseline on an assist from Ashleigh Barr at the high post to register the first points of the fourth quarter. The Hawks responded with a field goal. Barr cut to the hoop and caught the assist from Michalik. With 7:30 on the clock Barr again found Michalik open in the right corner for another 3-pointer. The Hawks added a field goal and two free throws before Trinity Hawkins' putback at the 3:39 mark. Hawkins caught Lizeth Zavala's assist after cutting to the basket and banked in the one-handed 2-footer. With 2:01 remaining, Kierra Johnson's left-handed over-the-shoulder shot completed the Bear Cubs' scoring. The Hawks added one free throw and two 3-pointers by Melanie Mar, including a desperation toss at the buzzer. The final score in the Bear Cubs' victory was 74-50.

            The Bear Cubs passed for a season-high 22 assists, 11 in each half. They made 35 out of 68 shots (51%), many of them front point-blank range due to pinpoint assists. They only got to the free throw line twice and made just one out of three free throws. The Hawks took 12 free throws and were successful on 9 of them (75%). Three Hawks scored in double figures: Trinity Haynes (12), Melanie Mar (10), and Chelsea Shirley (10).

            Kierra Johnson led the Bear Cubs in scoring with 16 points. Three other Bear Cubs scored in double figures: Ciarah Michalik (13), Trinity Hawkins (12), and Alex Ditizio (12). Lizeth Zavala and Tal Webb added 6 points each, Alex Ditizio 5, and Lizbeth Zavala 4. Trinity Hawkins was the top rebounder with 8, and Kierra Johnson grabbed 6. Ciarah Michalik and Ashleigh Barr each passed for 5 assists. Ciarah Michalik made 4 steals.