Mount Shasta, Weed, and two other Shasta Cascade League girls teams all won Northern Section playoff openers Tuesday night, Feb. 21, 2012

Mount Shasta defeated U-Prep of Redding, 48-28 Weed went to Tulelake and won, 50-42   The SCL champion Mount Shasta girls made 22 steals on the way to defeating University Prep of Redding, 48-28, in Tuesday night's first round playoff game in their own Robert E. Novo Gymnasium.   Junior Janelle Jaegel made 3 three-pointers and led Mount Shasta with 14 points; she was one of three Bears with 5 steals or more.   Sophomore Kathryn Andrus had 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 points; senior Jeanette Ricci had 6 steals, 5 points and 4 assists; Jaegel had 5 steals and 5 rebounds.   Sophomore Sejay Sarti scored 9 points with a three-pointer; sophomore Tori Hansen scored 7 and had 3 steals; senior Haley Brown scored 6; and senior Allison Titus 2.   Coach Kirk Andrus played all the seniors from the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and took them out with 18 seconds left to the cheers of fans.   "This was a great last game in this gym for our seniors, and yet it's a look to the future too," Andrus said. "I thought our sophomores were fantastic tonight."   Andrus said Ricci worked around U-Prep's fullcourt press and half court trap defenses. Jaegel "was a leader and took charge," he said. "To have three players with 17 steals, that's great defense."   The No. 8 seeded Bears (15-10) move directly to the top of their bracket now to face undefeated No. 1 Hamilton (26-0) Thursday night in Hamilton City.   Hamilton won its opener over No. 16 Esparto 70-20. Esparto finished the season with a 3-15 record.   "We look forward to the challenge of playing them Thursday night," Andrus said.   First playoff win since ’05 for Weed girls   The Weed High School girls won their first postseason game since 2005, defeating Tulelake Tuesday night at Tulelake, 50-42.   After a 20-9 run in the second quarter, the No. 10 seeded Cougars took a 34-21 lead into the intermission.   Weed had lost a preseason home game in early January to Tulelake, 42-38.   The Cougars (18-5) advance to play a second round game Thursday night against the winner of No. 15 Chester vs. No. 2 Portola at the home of the higher seed.   Weed's last playoff win was also against Tulelake in the first round in 2005. The Cougars lost first round games in 2006, 2008, and 2009.   Weed, Fall River, and Modoc all won on the road Tuesday night. No. 13 Modoc defeated No. 4 East Nicolaus, and No. 11 Fall River defeated No. 6 Liberty Christian.   No. 12 Durham also won on the road at No. 5 Biggs. That sets up a second round game Thursday night between No. 13 Modoc (12-9) and No. 12 Durham (10-15).