Northern Section playoff scores Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Division VI girls: Dunsmuir 44, Champion Christian 41
Division V boys: Weed 60, Williams 53
Division IV boys: Anderson 50, Mount Shasta 43

One south Siskiyou high school basketball team was an upset winner on the road in the first round of the Northern Section playoffs Wednesday night, while another won at home despite not having its best defensive stuff.

The Dunsmuir Tiger girls and Weed Cougar boys are advancing to second round games Friday night, while the Mount Shasta boys’ season ended with a loss at Anderson.

Dunsmuir’s girls made school history Wednesday night with a 44-41 Division 6 win at Champion Christian in Chico. They became the first DHS girls team to get past the first round in a basketball postseason, as far as anyone now at the school can remember.

Weed’s boys overcame a second half barrage of three-point baskets by Williams and won, 60-53, in Division 5, as Mykeil White scored 20 points, Jake West 19, Micah White 12, and Liam Hagarty 6.

The No. 4 seeded Cougars (advance to host No. 5 Chester (22-4) Friday night at 7 p.m.

No. 9 Dunsmuir (12-10) will play Friday night against No. 1 seed Westwood (21-4) in Westwood, weather-permitting, Tiger coach Jim Rinne said.

Mount Shasta (13-12) saw its season end with a 50-43 Division IV loss at Anderson.

Williams was tough to shake

“We’re happy to win,” Weed coach Mike Carpine said.

Back to back three-point baskets by Jake West and Micah White in the final minute of the first half gave the Cougars a 32-18 lead, but that all but disappeared in the third quarter as Williams went on a 14-2 run.

With Mykeil White scoring frequently from underneath the basket, the Cougars built their lead back up to 52-37 with 3:30 remaining in the game.

But the Yellowjackets kept buzzing, as senior guard Carlos Velasquez (No. 20) made four of his five three-pointers in the final period on his way to a game-high 27 points. His last trey cut the lead to 47-41 with 45 seconds remaining. A free throw by Hagarty and two by West sealed the deal for Weed.

Free throws lifted Tigers

Dunsmuir’s girls trailed by 5 points at half time, then rallied to go up by as many as 4 points in the fourth quarter, as senior Katie McInyre and freshmen Chelsea Helms and Marki Stibi all scored in double figures.

“The kids played well, even though some of them weren’t feeling well,” Tiger coach Jim Rinne said. “It was exciting for the players, coaches and a handful of our fans who were there.”

After going 2 for 12 from the free throw line in their final regular season game, the Tigers shot 70 percent from the line Wednesday night. Rinne said, “That was the difference.”

If weather makes travelling to Westwood unsafe Friday, Rinne said the game would be postponed until Monday.