Weed and Mount Shasta face off Friday night in Weed in the regular-season finale on senior night. The evening will include the crowning of the Winter Carnival King and Queen. The varsity game is set for 8:30 p.m. Weed is 16-4 overall.

Too many turnovers and 25 percent free throw shooting led the Weed Cougars to a 59-51 loss to Fall River on the road last Friday that probably cost them the Shasta Cascade League title.

Both teams came into the contest tied for first in the league with one loss.

“I thought out defensive intensity was outstanding,” said Cougars head coach Robert West. “If we could have limited our turnovers down the stretch and capitalized on a few missed lay-ups and free throws, then the game would have been a completely different story.”

The Fall River game was tight through three quarters. Fall River hit five of their first six shots, but the Cougars fought back to take a 17-15 lead after a quarter.

They stretched their lead to 27-19 in the second quarter before the Bulldogs rallied to close it to 29-25 at the intermission. Jivarqua Jordan-Foster put up 17 points in the first half.

Fall River made another run in the third quarter and took a brief lead before Jordan-Foster and Dallas Lane hit three-pointers to help the Cougars to a 42-41 advantage entering the final quarter

That’s when things went south for Weed. In the fourth quarter, the Cougars struggled to connect from the free-throw line as well as limiting turnovers, as the Bulldogs outscored Weed, as they fell by nine points. Jordan-Foster led all scorers in the game with 24 points, while the twins Grant and Dallas Lane both chipped in 8 points.

Weed and Mount Shasta face off Friday night in Weed in the regular-season finale on senior night. The evening will include the crowning of the Winter Carnival King and Queen. The varsity game is set for 8:30 p.m. Weed is 16-4 overall.

The Bulldogs end the regular season Friday against Modoc at home. Fall River’s lone league loss was to Mount Shasta,

If Fall River loses  Friday, the winner of the Weed versus Mount Shasta game tonight would co-share the league title with Fall River. Both squads are 7-2 in the SCl.

Weed was at Modoc Tuesday night, while Mount Shasta was at Etna. Fall River faced Trinity. All three squads won.

“We have one of the most athletic teams in the whole Northern Section in any division,” said coach West. The mostly senior squad will get the chance to prove him right in the playoffs.

The Cougars will most likely have at least one home game in division 6 of the Northern Section playoffs. The Cougars are currently second in playoff points in D6 behind Redding Christian. The playoffs get underway next week.

West is taking a Bill Belichick like ‘on to the playoffs’ approach. “You know, I would really just love to see it click for us,” he said, We haven’t played to our potential as a team yet, and I would love to get some momentum this week to take into the playoffs.”

Trinity Game

Last Tuesday, the Cougar boys beat Trinity 70-48 at home. Weed got an early-game scare before outscoring the Wolves 45-30 in the second half to get the win.

Trinity forced Weed into overtime in their first meeting before the Cougars ground out a 67-64 win. It looked like more of the same when Trinity raced out to a 16-7 lead in the second quarter, but the Cougars went on an 18-2 run and took a 25-18 halftime advantage.

Trinity had a mini-rally to start the second half, pulling to within two points at 27-25, but Tommy Pineda knocked down two treys followed by Dallas Lane doing the same and it was no contest after that. Weed added 14 points to their lead even while Coach West gave his bench players time. Nine Cougars scored in a balanced attack.

Dallas Lane had 14 points, hit three 3-pointers and teamed up with brother Grant, who had seven points, to help the Cougars dominate the boards. Jordan-Foster added 12 points and Tripp Rodriguez had 10.

Pineda hit a couple of clutch three-pointers and scored nine points. Andrew Alves came off the bench to score eight points in the final quarter and confidently hit a couple of treys.