The Mount Shasta High School girls basketball team was by far the lowest seed to advance out of the first round of the 2017 CIF Division V State Girls Basketball Championships Wednesday night.
Seeded No. 14 in the 16-team Northern California bracket, the Bears defeated No. 3 St. Bernard’s in Eureka, 59-52.
The only other Division V girls team in the state to win a first round game on the road was No. 9 Urban of San Francisco, which defeated No. 8 Durham in Durham, 55-52.
Thus, the Bears are going farther in the state tournament than Durham, the team they lost to in the Northern Section championship game March 4 in Redding.
Mount Shasta takes a 25-5 record into Saturday night’s second round game against No. 6 seed San Joaquin Memorial (24-8) in Fresno.
This is the second year in a row the Bears have reached the second round of the state championship tournament. Last year, after winning the Northern Section championship, they won a first round game on their home court over Ripon Christian before losing in the second round at St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda.
As reported in an article in the Eureka Times-Standard:
Senior Emily Andrus led the Bears with 23 points against North Coast Section champion St. Bernard’s, which finished the season 20-9. Andrus hit a pair of jump shots late in the game that helped the Bears take an 8-point lead with less than 2 minutes to play.
Sophomore Lily Hitchcock scored 16, including back-to-back 3 pointers during a 12-1 Mount Shasta run that gave the Bears a 43-31 lead going into the final period.
That run included a three-point play by senior Kacey Cain.
Senior post player Samantha Benedict made a put-back with an offensive rebound with less than a minute to play and finished with 10 points.