The gym was packed and the energy was high Saturday night as host College of the Siskiyous defeated San Joaquin Delta 76-70 to advance to the state's Elite 8 women's championship tournament Friday in Livermore.
The Eagles, now 29-1 for the season and seeded No. 3 from the Northern Region, are scheduled to play a CCCAA state quarterfinals game against the No. 2 team from the South, East Los Angeles (28-2), Friday at 3 p.m. at Las Positas Community College.
Other quarterfinal games Friday will feature South No. 1 Mt. San Antonio (30-2) against North No. 4 Foothill (23-8) at 1 p.m.; North No. 1 College of the Sequoias (27-3) against South No. 4 Palomar (27-2) at 5 p.m.; and North No. 2 San Francisco (27-3) against South No. 3 Ventura (27-5) at 7 p.m.
With a win over East Los Angeles, the Eagles would play in a Saturday semifinal against either Sequoias or Palomar.
The state championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m.
Foothill was the No. 8 seed in the North Regionals but advanced to the Elite 8 with a 51-45 upset over No. 1 Sierra. The Eagles’ only loss of the season was to Sierra way back on Nov. 11.
Seeded No. 4 in the North Regionals, Siskiyous won its 27th game in a row since that loss by outscoring No. 5 San Joaquin Delta 26-20 in the fourth quarter Saturday night.
It was only the fourth time all season the Eagles were held under 80 points, and they advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2008.
Northern California Most Valuable Player Melissa Dailey made five 3-pointers against Delta and scored 7 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Hannah Thompson made one of her three 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter and went 7 for 8 from the free throw line down the stretch. She finished the game 10 for 12 on free throw shots and scored 21 points.
Megan Dailey was 5 for 5 on free throw attempts and finished with 15 points.
Freshman Elizabeth Derner scored 5 of her 7 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer.
Weed High School graduate Destinee Jones added 8 points for the Eagles.