Even without one of their top players, the Weed High School boys basketball team had little trouble dispatching the Dunsmuir Tigers in the final game of 2008 for both teams, 58-30.
“I’m pleased with the effort but we are struggling to score,” Dunsmuir coach Kale Riccomini said. “If you’re not scoring, you’re in trouble.”
Dunsmuir alternated quarters in regards to their consistency, having weak first and third quarters, but a strong second and fourth.
In  first quarter,  Weed blew it open in the early minutes with a 22-9 run to start the game. Tyler Wilson and Robert West burned the tails of the Tigers for a combined 14 points.
Riccomini suffered a huge blow to his already limited roster when starting point guard Matt Norton came down hard and twisted his ankle with just over a minute left in the first half.
With an 18 point halftime lead, Cougar coach Mike Carpine had most of his starters on the bench and his bench players proved to be a valuable asset, extending their lead to 26 after three.
“A win is a win,” Carpine said. “I will say [Dunsmuir] plays hard through the game and they never gave up.”
Weed’s post players held Erin Kirch, Dunsmuir’s leading scorer, to just four points, all in the first half.
Jake McIntyre accounted for 11.
West led the Cougars with 20 and Wilson finished with 11.
Tanner Shelton, who is still looking for the hot hand he displayed in winning the three-point competition, had nine.