“We played well for most of the game,” head coach Kirk Andrus said. “I thought we got some really big shots in the second half from Adrienne Andrus, Grace Bradley and Kenzie Lowry.”
The Mount Shasta Lady Bears got their first Shasta Cascade League win Friday night at home, defeating Weed 52-41 with a barrage of seven three-pointers.
The Cougar's defensive pressure, especially the quick hands of Bella Escobedo, led to many steals, but they couldn’t match the outside shooting of the Bears. Mount Shasta put up three 3-pointers on their way to a 26-18 halftime lead after Weed had closed to within three at 20-17.
Weed’s all-out defense came at a cost when center Rikki Johnson picked up three fouls and had to play conservatively for the rest of the game. Karli Reynolds 11 points in the half prevented a Bear runaway. Johnson picked up her fourth foul two minutes into the third quarter and had to sit.
The Bears took advantage, controlling the boards and outscoring Weed 14-4 to take a commanding lead.
Yuki Cannon took control inside for the Lady Bears, chalking up five points and pulling down some big rebounds that denied the Cougars any second-chance points. Asia Hendrix hit a couple of field goals, and Adrienne Andrus knocked down one of her three three-pointers. Escobedo scored all four of Weed’s points on a couple of steals and breakaway baskets.
The Cougars mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, chalking up 19 points to the Bears 12, but never could cut the lead to less than seven.
The Bears missed 6-of-9 free-throws in the quarter but had a big enough cushion to withstand the Cougar charge.
MSHS head coach Kirk Andrus said that it did not help in the fourth quarter when they lost starting point guard Asia Hendrix to injury. At first, it appeared her foot was broken, but it turned out to be a bad sprain, Andrus said, She is expected to be out this week.
“We played well for most of the game,” Andrus said. “I thought we got some really big shots in the second half from Adrienne Andrus, Grace Bradley and Kenzie Lowry.”
Cannon led the Bears with 13 points, and Adrienne Andrus racked up three three-pointers on her way to scoring 11 points. Reynolds scored 19 points and hit Weed’s only two treys, and Escobedo added 13.
Mount Shasta raised its record to 7-11 and 1-2 in the SCL. Weed fell to 5-8 and 0-5 in league play.
Mount Shasta bounced back on Friday from a tough loss at home on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to the defending SCL champion Etna Lions.
The Lady Bears were able to contain the Lions in the first quarter and led 10-4. Etna came back but still trailed 21-19 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Mount Shasta responded and led 37-30 the end of the quarter as the Mount Shasta crowd cheered excitedly, with an upset a quarter away from becoming a reality.
Early in the fourth quarter, The Lady Bears quickly scored to take a 39-30 advantage with more than seven minutes remaining.
With Etna on the ropes, they started to fight back, playing tough defense, capitalizing on turnovers and roared back into the contest. A critical factor in the comeback was two crucial 3-pointers by senior Megan Bennett, as Etna won 52-46.
“We expected to win that game as they played as well as they prepared,” Andrus said.
He felt a key moment came with 5:33 left in the fourth when Hendrix fouled out of the game.
"That left us against a good, senior-heavy team pressing us, with a freshman and two sophomores at guard," Andrus said. He said that Bennett nailing the two 3-pointers in the fourth and four for the game was certainly a difference-maker.“I told my team before the game that Bennett is a tough kid and we went to sleep on her a few times and she made every one of the shots,” Andrus said. “You have to give them credit. They made the plays in the fourth quarter. “
“I thought we played very well, but we are young, and without Asia, we couldn’t really get into any kind of offense in the fourth quarter,” he added.
Cannon had an impressive game and finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Adrienne Andrus had eight points, while Hendrix finished with five points and four assists. Wednesday, Weed lost at Modoc by the score of 52-45.
In the junior varsity game on Friday, Mount Shasta downed Weed 42-21 and lost to Etna 46-33. Weed fell to Modoc 46-21.
This week. the Lady Bears hosted Modoc Tuesday night, winning the contest 49-42 in overtime. The squad traveled to Weaverville to play Trinity on Wednesday, falling to the Lady Wolves 54-43. Mount Shasta will host first-place SCL squad Fall River on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. on Carnival Night and are at Modoc on Feb. 4.
Weed has an away game at Etna on Jan. 31 and then faces Trinity at home on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.