Friday night high school basketball scores, Feb. 18, 2011:

Varsity boys
Mount Shasta 32, Weed 28
Dunsmuir 67, Surprise Valley 27

Varsity girls
Mount Shasta 42, Weed 13
Dunsmuir 46, Surprise Valley 41

JV boys
Weed 62, Mount Shasta 47
-- Weed finishes league 9-1, tied for championship with Modoc

JV girls
Weed def. Mount Shasta
-- Weed completes perfect 10-0 Shasta Cascade League championship season

The rival Mount Shasta Bears and Weed Cougars, two teams that pride themselves on defense, closed out the regular season Friday night in Mount Shasta.

Everybody expected it to be close, but few could have imagined how low the score would be.

Mount Shasta won it, 32-28, ending the Cougars’ hopes for a perfect Shasta Cascade League season.

The game had no bearing on the final SCL standings, but you would have never known it based on the reactions of players, fans and coaches.

Robert E. Novo Gymnasium rocked as the Bears stretched their lead to 25-16 late in the third quarter on a short jump shot by Alex McCord.

The roars shifted to the south end of the bleachers as the Cougars rallied in the fourth quarter and eventually tied it 28-28 when Mykeil White made a nifty move to the hoop beneath Kegan Snure’s outstretched arm.

Bear fans about went through the roof when Snure got wide open under the basket in the final minute and banked one in for his only points of the night. That put the home team back on top for good.

A pair of free throws by Andrew Campbell with under 20 seconds remaining added to the delirium.

But the Cougars kept fighting, missing a shot with 17 seconds left, stealing an inbounds pass with :15 on the clock and, finally, missing a free throw at the 13 second mark.

When it was over, Mount Shasta's student cheering section flowed on to the court to celebrate with the players.

Weed (18-5 overall) still won the SCL title outright, while Mount Shasta (13-11) finished second at 8-2.

The Bears went 11 for 13 from the free throw line, while the Cougars were 9 for 19.

“This means we’re ready to go into the playoffs and play strong against an athletic and intelligent team,” said Mount Shasta senior Tim Jaegel, who was 7 for 8 from the free throw line and led all scorers with 15 points.

Campbell was 4 of 4 from the line and scored 8.

Jake West led the Cougars with 9 points. It was only the second time all season he has scored fewer than 11 in a game.

Mykeil White scored 8 for Weed.

Earlier in the season the Cougars defeated the Bears in Weed in another low-scoring affair, 45-38.

After Friday night’s win, Mount Shasta head coach Kirk Andrus congratulated the Cougars on their championship and praised his players for a nearly flawless execution of their defensive game plan.

“If you would have told me beforehand that we were going to score less than we did the last time against Weed, I?wouldn’t have liked our chances,”?Andrus said.

Weed goes into the postseason as the No. 4 seed in Division 5 and will open with a home game against No. 13 Williams (11-11) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. With a win in that game, the Cougars would host a second round game against the winner of #12 Modoc at #No. 5 Chester Friday night.

Seeded No. 10 in the larger-school Division 4 bracket, Mount Shasta will open on the road Wednesday night against No. 7 Anderson, a team they lost to in Anderson in early December, 49-35. The winner of that game will play at No. 2 West Valley Friday night.