The Weed High School girls basketball team took another step forward with a 50-42 first round Division 5 playoff win Tuesday night at Tulelake.

Head coach Bob West said the Cougar guards took advantage of Tulelake’s zone defense and made 8 three-point shots on the way to building a 32-19 first half lead.

“We shot well and played good defense,” said West.

A scrappy Tulelake team, which had defeated the Cougars by four points in a pre-season game at Weed, made a run in the second half to get within 7 points, but no closer.

West said junior guard Karene Marshall and sophomore guard Jillian Neel combined to score 40 of the Cougars’ 50 points.

It was the first playoff win for a Weed girls team since 2005. A year ago the Cougars didn’t win a single game.

Now the 10th seeded Cougars (18-5) are scheduled to play a second round game Thursday night at No. 2 Portola (23-4).

He said Mid-Valley - South League champion Portola features three players who are 5-foot-10 or taller, so the Cougars will be trying to “make it a guard-oriented game” Thursday night. “It’ll be our guards vs. their bigs.”

All four Division 5 second round games include a Shasta Cascade League team. SCL?league champion Mount Shasta is scheduled to play at No. 1 Hamilton; Fall River, which tied for second with Weed, plays at No. 3 Colusa; and Modoc, the fourth place finisher in the SCL, travels to Durham.

Seeded No. 13, Modoc defeated No. 4 East Nicolaus Tuesday night, while No. 12 Durham defeated No. 5 Biggs.

Fall River, the 11th seed, opened the postseason with a road win at No. 6 Liberty Christian in Redding.

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.