5 Friday night playoff games for area teams at 5 different locations

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The undefeated Shasta Cascade League champion Mount Shasta Bears, left to right, Kyle Handshy, Joseph Summers, Nolan Johnson, Tristan Ellerbe, Kole Riccomini, Kody Bauman, Anthony Gore, Ronnie Knight, Ernie Maumasi, Dillon Ward, Kaden Riccomini, Gavin Paisley and coach Cliff Blakely. Submitted

Southern Siskiyou County basketball teams will be playing five playoff games at five different locations Friday night.

College of the Siskiyous is opening the Northern Regional playoffs at home against Delta at 7 p.m., and the Mount Shasta boys are playing a Northern Section Division 5 home game against Williams starting at 6 p.m.

The Weed girls and boys and Mount Shasta girls are all scheduled to play Friday night quarterfinal round games on the road.

The Weed girls won their playoff opener at Mercy in Red Bluff Wednesday night, 38-29, and now go up against top-seeded Fall River Friday in McArthur at 6:30 p.m.

Mount Shasta’s girls and Weed’s boys were both originally scheduled to play on Thursday, but those games were moved to Friday because of weather concerns.

The Mount Shasta girls are scheduled to play at Portola at 7 p.m.

The Weed boys, who opened the postseason with a Tuesday night win over Burney in Weed, are scheduled to play at Loyalton Friday at 6 p.m.

Mount Shasta’s boys, the top seed in Division 5, are scheduled to host No. 9 Williams after Williams won an opening round game at East Nicolaus, 51-47. The game time was originally set for 7 p.m. but was changed to 6 p.m.

Weed girls earn first round road win

The Weed girls earned the No. 9 seed in the Division 6 playoffs despite a winless season in a strong Shasta Cascade League that features three larger Division 5 teams plus Fall River (21-5) and Etna (15-9).

Cougar coach Ed Stokes said the Weed girls played a good all-around game on their way to defeating Mercy in Red Bluff Wednesday night, 38-29.

Weed’s man-to-man defense “took Mercy out of what they were trying to do,” said Stokes.

Savanna Reynolds “played great defense” on Mercy’s strong post player, according to the coach, and Reynolds led the Cougars with 14 points.

Weed’s offense was able to attack Mercy’s zone defense to start the game, Stokes said, and when Mercy went to a man-to-man defense, the Cougars continued to run the offense they wanted.

Senior Christine Bangert scored 11 points and junior Nicole Arguello scored 7.

Stokes admitted it will be a tough road trip Friday to face SCL champion Fall River, a team that has already defeated the Cougars three times this season.

But he hopes things will go better than they did the last time Weed made that trip and had to play most of the game without three of its regulars.

The Weed vs. Fall River girls game will be the first of a doubleheader. The Fall River boys are hosting Big Valley in a Division 6 quarterfinal game.