SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On November 12-14 the Cosumnes River College women's basketball team played host to seven other CCCAA schools for the annual Cosumnes River College Invitational. Over the three days the eight participating teams played multiple games to determine a champion, second place, third place and consolation team.
On day one of the invitational, the matches included American River College vs Butte College, LA Trade Tech vs Feather River, Los Medanos vs Shasta, and Cosumnes River vs West LA. The Hawks pulled off a win against West LA, defeating them 87-68, with 48 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 turnovers. Guards Briana Barnes, Daija Ward and Alyna Kanae led the team in points scored with 11, 18 and 13 points scored respectively.
Alongside the Hawks, American River, Feather River and Shasta moved onto the second round towards the Championship spot. Butte, LA Trade Tech, Los Medanos and West LA moved into a battle for the Consolation position.
Day two of the tournament matched up ARC and Feather River and Shasta vs CRC on one side of the bracket and Butte vs LA Trade Tech and Los Medanos vs West LA on the other. In a closely matched game, the Hawks pulled ahead in second overtime to defeat Shasta 59-57. Barnes led the team in scoring again, claiming 14 of the points scored, as the Hawks 35 rebounds, 10 assists and 13 turnovers.
As the tournament moved into the third day, Los Rios Community College District sister schools ARC and CRC were paired up as the winners seeking the championship spot of the entire event. Feather River and Shasta faced off to determine a third place winner, as Butte and West LA competed for the consolation spot, after Los Medanos and LA Trade Tech were eliminated in day two.
The Hawks played another close game as they took on the Beavers, ARC managing to pull out the win 75-73, putting CRC in second place for the tournament. Barnes and Ward led in points scored again, with 18 and 14 respectively.
Head coach Coral Sage praised the another player that stood out over the weekend, earning herself recognition at the tournament's end.
"We do have a player that I feel like really stepped up this past weekend and ended up getting All-Tournament. Taneisha Dyer had to step in and play a very pivotal role in the tournament, especially the championship game when our starting point guard was hurt and couldn't play," Sage said. "T played fearless and led the team with confidence and her tenacious Defense. I am very proud of the way T played and am excited to see her continue to grow this season."
At the end of the Invitational, ARC took the top spot with CRC taking second place, Shasta taking third place and West LA taking the consolation spot. The Hawks next match is an away game against West Hills-Lemoore on Nov. 25 at 5 pm.