The Weed Lady Cougars take a 14-game winning streak into tonight's Northern Section Division 5 basketball championship game against Durham, the team that beat them in the section championship game the last two years. Weed's relentless defense has held opponents to 35 points or fewer in all but two of those 14 games, including a 31-22 victory over Etna in the section semifinal. Durham has averaged 55.5 points this season, never scored fewer than 44 in a game and scored less than 50 only 6 times in 25 games.
The Weed High School girls basketball team hopes three is their magic number.
The Lady Cougars won their third straight Shasta Cascade League championship this season and are scheduled to face Durham in the section championship game for the third year in a row tonight at 6 p.m. at Butte College in Oroville.
Seeded No. 2 in Division 5, Weed is 23-5 overall. No. 1 Durham is 22-3.
Weed takes a 14-game winning streak into the game and a relentless defense that held opponents to 35 points or fewer in all but two of those games, including a 31-22 victory over Etna in the section semifinal.
Durham has averaged 55.5 points this season, never scored fewer than 44 in a game and scored less than 50 only 6 times in 25 games.
After losing to Durham in the past two section championship games, Cougar senior Elyssa Fisher said this year’s team worked harder than ever to get another crack at the big prize.
Weed head coach Bob West, who started with the team when this year’s seniors were freshmen, said returning to the section championship game has been their focus all along.
Mount Shasta head coach Kirk Andrus has seen both Weed and Durham up close. His Bears lost to Weed twice in league, 46-34 and 40-32, and lost at Durham in the other Division 5 semifinal, 57-40, playing without injured senior starter Ashley Cain.
Andrus sees tonight’s championship game as “an excellent contest between one team that defends as well as anybody in the section and can rebound with anybody, and a Durham team that can score points in bunches and is very versatile offensively.”
Weed’s playoff roster features seniors Fisher, Destinee Jones, Tia Palangvanh, McKenna Crabill, Johanna Stensaas, Taylor Harris and Paige Miller; juniors Angel Whatley and Hailey Dixon; sophomores Rachel Michelon, Genna Fisher and Rachel Gonzales; and freshmen Christine Bangert and Skye Bernstein.
Michelon and Bangert have played with the varsity throughout the season. Fisher, Gonzales and Bernstein moved up from the JV team for the postseason.