Web update: Cougars stop Redding Christian, improve to 4-1

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Update: Weed High School's boys basketball team continued its hot start to the 2009-10 season by winning its home opener over Redding Christian, 55-48, Tuesday night, Dec. 8.

Robert West scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Tanner Shelton, Jake West and Robert Gonzales each scored 9.

The Cougars improved their record to 4-1. They're scheduled to play next against Illinois Valley of Oregon on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the opening day of the Mt. Shasta Boosters Holiday Tournament at Mount Shasta High.

"It was a good night for everybody -- except our free throw shooting," Cougar coach Mike Carpine said of the win over Redding Christian. "Our defense was great and our rebounding was good."

Shelton had 10 rebounds, Jake West and Gonzales had 6 each.

Weed was 18 for 41 from the free throw line for the game and 12 for 22 in the fourth quarter as Redding Christian started making three-pointers then fouling right away to try to make up ground.

Carpine said beating a fellow Division V team that is usually ranked high could pay off for the Cougars in the postseason seedings.

"We're happy with the win," he said.

The following article appeared in the Dec. 9, 2009 edition of Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers:

The West brothers combined for 30 points and 18 rebounds as the Weed High School boys basketball team defeated Hayfork, 51-44, to claim third place at the Fall River tournament Saturday.

Jake West scored 19 points with 7 rebounds and Robert West scored 13 points with 11 rebounds against Hayfork.

Weed opened the tournament with a 61-42 win over Modoc, then lost to Trinity, 64-42. Trinity went on to nip Fall River by two points in the tournament championship game. Weed finished the week 3-1, including a season-opening 70-38 win at Butte Valley in Dorris Tuesday of last week.

The Cougars were scheduled to play Redding Christian last night, then play in the Mount Shasta Boosters Holiday Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Jake West, a junior who plays point guard, forward and post, and senior post player Robert Gonzales earned all-tourney at Fall River.

Cougar coach Mike Carpine said he was pleased to win two of three games at the tournament, plus he got to see some of the competition the Cougars will face in the upcoming Shasta Cascade League.

Trinity, which defeated Weed by 22 points in the Fall River semifinal round, is one of the SCL favorites.

“They’re going to be top echelon, but beatable,” Carpine said of the Wolves. “It’s going to be one heck of a league this year.”

Weed trailed Trinity by 6 points at half time, then scored only 17 in the second half.

For the game, Weed was 11-for-31 from the free throw line, and Trinity wasn’t much better at 11-for-26.

Carpine admitted better free throw shooting probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of that game, but he thinks the Cougars need to shoot at least 70 percent from the line.

Senior post player Robert Gonzales led the Cougars with 12 points and 5 rebounds against Trinity, while Jake West scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds.

In their Fall River open on Thursday, Weed easily defeated another SCL?opponent, Modoc, 61-43, even though Carpine said his team wasn’t playing its best.

“Modoc has no returning starters and four sophomores on the varsity,” Carpine said.

Senior Tanner Shelton scored 17 points with three 3 pointers, Gonzales scored 14, Mykeil White 11 and Jake West 10.

In a game that had 51 free throws, Gonzales had 8 rebounds, White 7, and Jake West had 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Senior Robert West led the way in the win at Butte Valley with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Gonzales added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Shelton scored 10.

Weed, one of only two Division V teams in an otherwise larger-school Division IV Mount Shasta Holiday Tournament, is scheduled to open against Illinois Valley of Oregon at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bears’ Robert E. Novo Gymnasium. The complete tournament schedule is on A11.