Weed boys, Mount Shasta girls are Holiday runnersup
For the Weed High School boys basketball team, even a lopsided loss in the championship game of the Mount Shasta Boosters Holiday Tournament wasn’t a bad thing.
Weed was one of only two Division V teams among a swarm of larger schools playing at Robert E. Novo Gymnasium, and the Cougars were thrilled to knock three of them off along the way.
But the host Mount Shasta High School’s girls team wasn’t satisfied at all with its narrow title game loss to Del Norte, a team the Bears beat earlier in the three-day tournament.
The Mount Shasta boys came up short of the championship game, thanks in large part to a 54-51 overtime loss to the Yreka Miners Thursday night. The game ended when Yreka’s Luke White threw up a half-court heave that went through the net as the buzzer sounded.
Del Norte’s girls defeated Mount Shasta in Saturday’s finale, 41-39, to claim the title, while Hidden Valley’s undefeated run in the boys division ended with a 73-37 title-clinching win over Weed.
Mount Shasta’s boys claimed fourth place by drubbing Illinois Valley on Saturday, 85-49.
Jake West and Robert West of Weed earned all-tourney honors along with Taylor Hansen and Amanda Amesbury of the Mount Shasta girls and Jake Padula and Erik Thelander for Mount Shasta’s boys.
Ashley Lemos and Jaylene Phillips of the third place Yreka girls were also all-tourney.
Weed boys rise up
“I?thought I’d be the last team playing four games in this tourney,”?Weed boys coach Mike Carpine said when it was over.
The Cougars had to play the extra game because the tournament had an uneven number of teams, so the second and third place teams faced each other Saturday to see who would make it to the final.
Weed defeated Yreka in that game, 64-56, as Robert West scored 22 points with 8 rebounds, Tanner Shelton scored 17, Jake West had 12 points and 8 rebounds, Robert Gonzales scored 6 points with 8 rebounds and Liam Hagarty scored 7 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
As a team Weed shot 80 percent from the foul line (16-for-20) against Yreka, and that was the difference, Carpine said.
Weed got into the play-in game by opening with a 63-54 win over Illinois Valley on Thursday, then topping Lassen Friday night, 62-45.
Against Illinois Valley, Robert West scored 19, Shelton 18 and Robert Gonzales 17.
Jake West scored 17 and had 7 rebounds in the win over Lassen, while Robert West scored 14 points with 7 rebounds, Shelton scored 16, Gonzales scored 6 points with 8 rebounds and Hagarty scored 5.
“It was a great effort on our part,” Carpine said.
But playing for the second time on Saturday, the Cougars were no match for Hidden Valley.
“We got beat by a good team,”?Carpine said. “It was tough playing two games in one day. We ran out of gas.”
Robert West and Shelton scored 12 each to lead the Cougars, Jake West scored 4 with 8 rebounds, Gonzales scored 4 with 5 rebounds, Cody Beam scored 3, and Mykeil White 2.
The Cougars also defeated Redding Christian Tuesday of last week and thumped Tulelake this Monday night in Weed to improve to 8-2 for the season.
Mount Shasta girls
Mount Shasta’s girls started the Holiday Tournament by defeating the two teams they lost to a week earlier at the Yreka Miner Invitational, Del Norte and Yreka.
The Bears opened Thursday with a 34-25 win over Del Norte, as Amesbury scored 10, Rachel Abbott 6, Taylor Hansen 6, Jeana Michels 5 and Kismet Prosper 3.
They then defeated Yreka on Friday, 36-30, led by Amesbury’s 12 points and Hansen’s 10. Prosper added 5, Abbott 4 and Kendra Woodglass 4.
Coach Danny Hansen said his team wanted another shot at Del Norte, and they got it after Del Norte defeated Yreka in the 2nd/3rd place game, 56-41.
But the Bears came out flat in the championship game, according to the coach and had trouble getting it going – even though Del Norte was playing its second game of the day.
The score was 18-17 at half time and it went back and forth in the second half.
“We couldn’t establish a rhythm,”?coach Hansen said. He wasn’t sure why after the team played nearly mistake-free defense against Del Norte on Thursday.
“We’re not where we need to be, but there were a lot of positives to come out of the tournament,” he said.
Amesbury scored 11 in the finale, Woodglass 9, Hansen 8, Michels 5 and Prosper 5.
Hansen hopes three days in the gym before this weekend’s tournament in Orland will help the Bears.
Mount Shasta boys
After Thursday night’s tough loss to Yreka, the Mount Shasta boys came out like gangbusters Saturday against Illinois Valley and scored an 85-49 win.
Jake Padula buried 6 three-pointers and finished with 20 points.
Thelander added 16 points, and Gene Kenyon and Mark Maumasi each netted 15.
Mount Shasta lost that overtime heartbreaker to Yreka a week after Thelander put through a short jump shot at the overtime buzzer to lift the Bears to a win over Yreka in the opener of the Miners’ tournament.
Thelander and Jaegel both scored 15 points for the Bears, and it was Jaegel’s baseline shot with 10 seconds left that tied the score at 51-51.
Kenyon added 7 points and Padula 5.
Mount Shasta opened their own tournament with a 77-57 win over Lassen Thursday afternoon.
Padula had 4 three-pointers and 17 points, Thelander had 2 three-pointers and 17 points, Mark Maumasi scored 12, Brad Thomas made 3 three-pointers and scored 9, Kenyon 8 and Shane Freeman 5.
Mount Shasta finished the week at 5-3.