Beavers high intensity results in team win over Folsom Lake


American River College guard Jasiah Sufi battles with Sierra College forward Grace Hester for the opening tip-off during a women’s basketball game on Jan. 23 at American River College in Sacramento, Calif. (photo by Gabe Carlos)

Alexis Warren

After their previous loss against the Sierra Wolverines, the Beavers were able to achieve a team triumph against the Folsom Lake Falcons with an final score of 78-61 on January 26th.

Winning the jump ball, the Beavers came out offensively with high intensity, starting the game off with a three-pointer on the boards, shot by guard/forward Jasiah Sufi.

Although the Beavers struggled defensively at the start of the first quarter, receiving two team fouls within the first few minutes, their full-court press break helped them gain momentum in response to the Falcons’ turnovers.

With the Beavers in the lead by just one point at the end of the first quarter, the Falcons started off the second quarter with quick feet. Guards Myranda Bezak, Abby Malekos, and Faith Wilson moved the ball and attacked well offensively forcing the Beavers to step up their defense.

But, even though the Beavers had a 10-point lead at halftime, that didn’t seem to provide a sense of comfort for the team.

“A 10-point swing, even in a quarter, is nothing. I don’t feel comfortable having a 10-point lead unless there’s two minutes left in the game,” said Friday night’s leading scorer, Kesler Johnson.

Both teams entered the third quarter with attacking force, offensively, and determined-to-stop defense. Even with the opposing fight from the Falcons, the Beavers managed to keep the lead (59-45) ending the third quarter with an advantage of 14 points.

The fourth quarter involved a lot of power and force at both ends of the court. Falcon’s number 14, Faith Wilson, came firing shots in the fourth quarter determined to decrease the lead against the Beavers, which eventually resulted in a 17-point loss for Folsom Lake (61-78).

As the Beavers gear up for the team’s next opponent, Sacramento City College this Friday, February 2, the team members say they know what to expect when going into the game.

“This is a huge game for us and we need to get pumped up and have a ton of energy, because we play so much better when we have a ton of energy,” Johnson said. Because  Panthers are known for their high shooting percentage, “We need to lock down their shooters for sure.”