Web update: Mount Shasta girls open basketball season

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Sophomore Ashley Cain scores during the Bears' season-opening game against Central Valley Nov. 27, 2012 in Mount Shasta.

After scoring zero points in the first quarter of their season-opener and making only eight shots the whole game Tuesday against Central Valley, Mount Shasta High School's varsity girls basketball team is playing in the annual Yreka tournament this week.

The Bears lost at home to CV, 33-27, then lost their opener in Yreka to Ashland on Thursday, 40-31.

Mount Shasta was scheduled to play Brookings in Yreka Friday at 10 a.m.

Head coach Kirk Andrus described his team's shooting in the opener as "so bad it was shocking... I've never seen anything like it."

Three starting players combined to shoot 0 for 25 from the field.

Andrus said the Bears played better against a good Ashland team, but still struggled to find their shooting touch, making only 9 of 27 free throw attempts and only 1 of 8 in the fourth quarter.

The Bears have five returning players from last year's league championship team, seniors Janelle Jaegel and Tess Abbott and juniors Sejay Sarti, Kathryn Andrus, and Tori Hansen.

Jaegel and Andrus were first team all-league picks a year ago, and Hansen was honorable mention. Kirk Andrus was named co-Coach of the Year in his first year as the Bears' girls team coach.

The 2011-12 Bears won the SCL championship with a 9-1 record, clinching sole possession of the crown in dramatic fashion when Kathryn Andrus made 2 free throws with no time on the clock to win the final regular game of the season by one point at Weed.

New to this year's team are sophomore Ashley Cain and juniors Alex Peruzzi, Sydney Morris, Natalee Stock, and Leah Maumasi.

With Maumasi out for a couple weeks recovering from surgery, the Bears are starting the season with just nine players.

Junior Katie Reinig, who was in line to be the starting point guard, is out for the season because of a torn ACL.

Senior Kristin Chapman, who would have been the Bears' tallest player, will also miss the season following knee surgery.

Many of this year's Bears were busy with other sports and had short pre-seasons with the basketball team. Jaegel, Abbott, Sarti, Hansen, Morris, Maumasi, and Peruzzi were on the volleyball team that won the school's first league championship in that sport, then had nearly two weeks off before the playoffs started. Andrus was on the soccer team that made it to the postseason. And Jaegel was a member of the cross country team that concluded its season at the state championships Nov. 24, just three days before Tuesday's basketball opener.

Despite his team's "rough start shooting the ball," coach Andrus said, "I like this team; they're working hard."

Cain led the Bears with 12 points against Central Valley and 8 points against Ashland. Kathryn Andrus scored 7 against Ashland.