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January 24, 2013
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College Basketball: UCC women lose Reynolds, game against Lane

WINCHESTER — It was a depressing evening for the Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team on Wednesday.

The No. 6-ranked Riverhawks lost their Southern Region game to No. 1 Lane, 75-53, all but knocking them out of the league title race. More importantly, though, Umpqua could be without sophomore forward Hayley Reynolds for the rest of the season after the former Yoncalla star went down with a knee injury late in the first half.

The 5-foot-10 Reynolds — a candidate for all-league honors as UCC’s leading scorer (16.95 points) and rebounder (8.9) — was injured with 2:37 left before halftime on a layup attempt off a fastbreak. She screamed in agony while landing out of bounds after getting fouled, and had to be helped off the floor.

Riverhawks coach Dave Stricklin said Reynolds may have a torn ACL in her right knee, but the extent of the injury won’t be known until a visit to the doctor.

The Titans (19-1, 5-1 South) made a late run after Reynolds departed and led 40-28 at halftime. It didn’t get any better for the Riverhawks (14-5, 4-2), who shot 19 percent from the field and were outrebounded 43-30 over the final 20 minutes.

For the game, UCC finished at 23 percent (17-for-73), lost the rebounding battle badly (76-59) and committed 33 turnovers.

“The game results are really secondary compared to Hayley’s injury,” said Stricklin. “She plays as hard as anyone we’ve ever had here … we bring her off the bench intentionally because it’s a spark of energy every time she’s on the court. She sets the tone, energy-wise.

“You could feel it in the gym. As soon as you heard her scream, you just felt the energy being sucked out of the place and we never recovered.”

Lane coach Greg Sheley agreed. His club, which suffered its first loss of the season last Saturday at No. 3 Clackamas, posted a 22-point win despite shooting 24 percent from the field and turning the ball over 26 times.

“You could see that (Reynolds’ injury) deflated them,” Sheley said. “It was a very strange first half. Both teams were working hard, but neither could put the ball in the basket. We were lucky to be up 12.”

Kersey Wilcox turned in a productive game for the Titans with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Megan Shields had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but shot 2-for-20.

Freshman guard Kyndal Charleston led Umpqua with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Christal Jeff, Leilani Morris and Asia Smith had seven points apiece, and Shannon Jackson pulled down 11 rebounds. Morris, a South Medford product, blocked four shots.

LANE (75) — Kersey Wilcox 8-15 3-4 20, Lucero 1-11 5-6 7, Rodriguez 1-2 0-0 2, Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 1-11 2-6 5, Hannifan 3-6 1-2 9, J. Wilcox 1-5 2-2 4, Shields 2-20 12-14 16, Schmidt 2-10 1-2 5, Mahaffie 1-8 0-0 3, Henshaw 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-92 26-36 75.

UMPQUA (53) — Kyndal Charleston 7-19 3-3 20, Hawkins 1-1 0-0 2, Reynolds 1-6 1-1 3, Sample 2-13 0-0 5, Jeff 3-11 1-2 7, Morris 1-10 5-7 7, Jackson 0-5 2-2 2, Smith 2-7 3-6 7, Wilhelmi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-73 15-21 53.

Halftime — LCC 40, UCC 28. 3-point shots — LCC 5-23 (Thompson 1-5, K. Wilcox 1-2, Hannifan 2-2, Mahaffie 1-4), UCC 4-20 (Sample 1-3, Charleston 3-11. Fouls — LCC 17, UCC 23. Fouled out — Shields, Jeff. Rebounds — LCC 76 (Shields 15), UCC 59 (Jackson 11). Assists — LCC 7 (K. Wilcox 4), UCC 4. Turnovers — LCC 26, UCC 33.

You could feel it in the gym. As soon as you heard her scream, you just felt the energy being sucked out of the place and we never recovered.

Dave Stricklin
Umpqua coach

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