Foul troubles hurt Cougars

Ron Borges

Riding the momentum of a three game winning streak, the Weed girls basketball team (10-15, 6-6) lost to host Quincy, 55-35, in the opening round of the Division V playoffs on Tuesday.

“We played pretty well at Quincy, but foul trouble in the first half really hampered what we wanted to do,” coach Dan DeRoss said. “It took away our aggressiveness.”

The Cougars had to go zone for the remainder of the game to counteract their foul troubles. Unable to utilize Amanda Greene inside or to free up Sierra Skeen, Weed struggled offensively.

In the second half, DeRoss said they were significantly out rebounded, leading to several transitional baskets.

Nicolette Neel and Skeen led the way with seven. Kera Vogel and Greene each added six and Mindi Chandler contributed five.

After losing six of their first seven games, the Cougars went on a back and forth battle with themselves, especially on the offensive end.

“Overall, our kids were able to really experience some great improvement over the course of the season,” DeRoss said.

Inconsistently to score in big games cost Weed a higher seed in the playoffs and a chance to win the Shasta-Cascade League title.

In their average season, the Cougars did come away with many big victories. They defeated Mount Shasta for the first time in six years  and beat Modoc, Burney and Trinity in the second half of league.

Weed competed with league champion Etna in both contests and beat future SCL competitor Tulelake on the road.

“I am very proud of these kids and I'm confident that they will do very well in the future,” DeRoss said.  It was a pleasure to coach them.