Weed High School's varsity girls basketball team is scheduled to play the host Miners Friday at 1 p.m. in the second round of the annual Yreka tournament.

Weed opened the season with a 41-21 win Tuesday at home against Butte Valley, then lost Thursday's tournament opener in Yreka to Klamath Union, 47-39.

After three players who were expected to play significant roles on this year's Cougar team suffered season-ending injuries in the Fall, head coach Bob West and assistant Denis Hagarty brought several sophomores up to the varsity.

Juniors Jillian Neel, and all-leaguer a year ago, and Marielle Schnack both went down with ACL injuries during the volleyball season. Senior Jeni Cheffey is out with a hip injury.

Returning from last year's Cougar team that came within a foul at the buzzer in their final regular season game of tying for the league championship are seniors Karene Marshall and Sierra Huckabay.

Marshall was last year's SCL MVP after Weed tied for second with a 7-3 record and went 18-6 overall, including a first round playoff win.

Destinee Jones is a sophomore forward who played on the varsity as a freshman a year ago and earned all-league honors. Forwards Tia Palangvanh and McKenna Crabill and guard Elyssa Fisher are also sophomores playing for this year's varsity.

Juniors on the roster are guards Lauren Gubetta, Brooke McBrian, and Bettina Darger.

"We've got young girls who will play hard," said West, who was named co-Coach of the Year last year, his first with the Weed girls team.

This year's JV Cougars, under head coach Amy Chizek, won their opener over Butte Valley, 45-29.

The JV roster features sophomores Mallory Pappas, Hannah Hobbs, Johanna Stensaas, Taylor Harris, and Paige Miller; and freshmen Abby Dixon, Mikayla Duchi, Leyla Kelly, and Hailey Dixon.