Sutter’s physical play beats Lady Bears

Ron Borges

The physical play in Sutter favored the home team more than the Mount Shasta girls basketball team (10-11, 7-5) in Tuesday’s 39-37 Division IV opening round playoff loss.

“I’m proud how they hung in there and didn’t give up,” coach Danny Hansen said. “We are a young team and we didn’t fold. We kept plugging away.”

Sutter took 36 free throws in the game to Mount Shasta’s 10. Hansen told his players to be more physical in the second half after they were getting pushed around in the first, leading to several of the calls.

Mount Shasta went up by five early in the fourth quarter but free throws made the difference late in the game.

The Bears had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds left but they couldn’t get a shot off.

After the Bears hit three treys in their first three possessions, Sutter adjusted to a zone to eliminate the outside shot for the remainder of the game.  Hansen also made an adjustment to work the inside game. Rachel Abbott had her best game of the season with 10 points.

Hansen said the players came into the game knowing they had a shot to win, despite having a three game slide.

“The effort they gave was the same as it was in the beginning of league,” Hansen said.

Jeana Michels led the team with 11 and Donnetta Young followed with nine.

In his first year back coaching the girls team after a long layoff, Hansen inherited a young, talented team and almost took them to the Shasta Cascade League title.

“We are building for the next season,” Hansen said.

The Bears had one silver lining in a rough preseason, placing second at the Holiday Tournament before Christmas. In the second season, Mount Shasta started 7-1 and had a tight grip on the title.

They lost in the battle for first place with Etna but would rebound two nights later against Modoc to keep them tied. They finished the year on a slippery slope, losing four straight.