Emotions ran high on Tuesday when the Mount Shasta girls basketball team beat Weed, 35-25, in Weed.
“We played great defense but we’ve got to score,” said Weed coach Dan DeRoss. 
Both teams played sloppy early resulting in more turnovers than combined points in the first quarter.
The Bears, who are usually on the other side of the equation, were rattled thanks to Weed’s pressure defense and press.
Minutes into the game, Amanda Amesbury and Amanda Greene collided while going for the ball and fell hard to the floor. Amesbury was carried off the court after hitting her knee on the hardwood.
Mount Shasta’s Rachel Abbott controlled the glass in the first quarter, blocking shots and scoring four points.
At the 4:28 mark, Nicolette Neel hit a three to give the Cougars their first lead of the game.
Four Weed players contributed to build a 16-8 lead, including Lori Garcia’s nine rebounds. Mount Shasta’s Jaycee Sarti hit a three at the buzzer to cut the lead.
“I told the kids to be aggressive and don’t be afraid to make mistakes,” stated DeRoss.
Two baskets by Donnetta Young and another by Jeana Michels tied the game at 21. Taylor Hansen’s bucket and one gave the Bears the lead for good with 3:46 left in the third.
Trailing 24-22 to start the final period, the fatigued Cougars scored just three more points.
Young, who finished with 10, hit two crucial shots late to put the game out of reach.
DeRoss attributes the loss to the Bears’ ability to hold Sierra Skeen to six points and the Cougars’ inability to make easy baskets.
Hansen scored 10 for the Bears and three players added four.
Greene led the Cougars with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Neel scored seven points.