Lady Tigers excited about future

Ron Borges

Despite losing 39-34 to Westwood in the opening round of the Division VI playoffs on Tuesday, Dunsmuir’s girls basketball coach Jim Rinne said the program has taken a big step in the right direction.

The Lady Tigers came out flat in the first and third quarters and time would become their enemy in the road loss.

“We didn’t really lose, we just ran out of time,” Rinne said. “At least we got to the playoffs and were competitive.”

Westwood’s defense clogged up the middle and held Heather Coe and Sadie Machamer to just three points. Dunsmuir’s outside shooters couldn’t find their groove, limiting the Tigers’ offensive production.

Jennifer Hope led the team with 11 points. Taylor Fesler scored nine and Jamie Kirch added six.

Their 10-15 season doesn’t reflect how successful Dunsmuir was. They finished 10-7 against Division VI opponents and competed with upper division opponents Mount Shasta, Weed and Del Norte.

Rinne has a solid, hard working core coming back next season and a talented group of eighth graders coming into the program.

After the loss, Rinne said the players were disappointed but showed excitement about next season and wish they could continue on.

“Overall we had a pretty good season,’ Rinne said. “I can’t wait to see where we end up next season.’