Weed played defense with mad energy but only committed ten fouls in the game, while the Bears had 25 fouls.

The Weed Cougars varsity boys basketball team avenged three 40-point losses to Mount Shasta’s state tourney finalists last year with a 61-49 win over the Bears in front of a raucous overflow crowd Friday night in Mount Shasta in Shasta Cascade League play.

The game started as a fierce defensive battle with the score 6-3 in favor of Weed after the first quarter. Mount Shasta's full-court pressure backfired, holding the Cougars to six points but committing seven fouls in the first quarter and putting Weed into bonus free throws for the rest of the half.

Donoven LaFortune and Tripp Rodriguez each scored six points for the Cougars as they took a 21-17 lead into halftime. Avery May put up five points for the Bears, while Darius Smith added four of his team-high 14 points.

Weed increased its lead in the third quarter, outscoring Mount Shasta 19-15.

Angel Nicholas hit the first of his two late-game three-pointers just as the Bears were rallying. Grant Lane and Jivarqua Jordan-Foster each put up five points for the Cougars.

Kyle Ellorin scored five points for the Bears, and Darius Smith and Kekai Ferguson each knocked down a trey.

With the score 40-32 going into the final frame, the Bears tried to rally with their best quarter of the game, putting up 17 points. Smith scored seven points and Ellorin six, but every time Mount Shasta got to within six or seven points, the Cougars responded.

Jivarqua Jordan-Foster slashed through the lane for 12 points in the quarter, taking ten free-throws as the Bears had no answer but to foul him. Angel Nicholas hit another timely three and scored five points. Grant Lane did yeoman work on the boards and added five points.

Jordan-Foster led Weed with 19 points, while Donoven LaFortune and Grant Lane both scored 10. Smith, a promising sophomore, led the Bears with 14 points, Ellorin put up 11 points, and May had seven.

Weed played defense with mad energy but only committed ten fouls in the game, while the Bears had 25 fouls.

The Cougars kept alive their hopes for an SCL title, trailing only Fall River and with a game left with the Bulldogs. Weed is 14-3 on the year and 4-1 in the SCL.

Mount Shasta fell to 10-8 and 1-2 in SCL play, but its second losses were at the hands of first and second-place Fall River and Weed. Weed versus Modoc.

The Cougars defeated Modoc 48-33 on Wednesday, Jan. 22 on the road after trailing 10-9 through the first quarter. They outscored the Braves 39-23 over the last three quarters, with their trademark hair-on-fire defense limiting Modoc to two points in quarter three and holding them to a meager 29 percent shooting field goals, and 19 percent on their three-point attempts.

Last Wednesday, the Bears cruised to a 55-37 SCL win against the Etna Lions. Anthony Pigoni finished with 16 points, while DJ Brown had 10 points.

Both Weed and Mount Shasta look to be good bets to make the playoffs, with high school sports website Maxpreps ranking the Cougars third in Northern Section division 6 and the Bears fourth in division 5.

This week, the Bears hosted Modoc at home Tuesday and traveled to Weaverville for a Wednesday game with Trinity. Mount Shasta won on Tuesday  57-32, and on Wednesday 90-73. MSJS is now 12-8 overall and 32- in the SCL. Mount Shasta will face Fall River at home Friday on Carnival Night at 8:30 p.m. The Bears play Modoc in Alturas next Tuesday. The Cougars have a Friday contest at Etna and play Trinity at home on Tuesday.

JV Game

Mount Shasta’s boy's junior varsity basketball team got its sixth straight win Friday night at home, taking a hard-fought 55-47 win against a solid Weed team in Shasta Cascade League play.

The Bears brought a 15-2 record into the contest with 12-4 Weed, and the battle didn’t disappoint the throngs of fans from both towns. Despite the intensity of play, good sportsmanship prevailed. The game evolved from a fierce defensive struggle in the first half to a track meet in the final two quarters. The teams combined for 28 points in the first half and then exploded for 74 in the second. Mount Shasta led 11-4 after a quarter with Cameron Collord and Kotton Yager, both hitting a couple of buckets.

Neither team could solve the other’s defense in the second quarter when Weed outscored Mount Shasta 8-5. No player scored more than a basket, and Mt. Shasta headed into the locker room with a 16-12 halftime lead.

Then the track meet began. Mount Shasta put up 23 points, and Weed scored 14 in the third quarter, as the Bears jumped out to a 39-26 lead.

Cordes sank 7 of 10 free-throws in the second half and rallied the Cougars to a 21-16 edge over the Bears in quarter four by scoring 11 points. It wasn’t enough, though, as Weed could never get closer than six points. Hunter Snure was a significant presence in the paint for MSHS, getting a couple of putbacks off offensive rebounds and scoring eight points in the quarter. The Bears improved to 16-2 on the year and an SCL best record of 3-0.

Collord scored 16 points and swished a couple of three-pointers for Mount Shasta. Hunter Snure had 13 points and pulled down a passel of rebounds. Pigoni added 10 points.

Cordes scored 20 points for Weed. Kobe Chanthavisouk scored nine points. Julio Garcia had his usual strong game in the paint and put up 11 points.