High scoring Dunsmuir basketball teams sting Hornets

Steve Gerace
Justin DeClusin, shown driving to the basket earlier this season, was one of three Dunsmuir Tigers with double digit scoring during a 70-50 win over Surprise Valley Jan. 22, 2013 in Dunsmuir

The Dunsmuir High School varsity basketball teams both had their highest scoring games of the season during a sweep of Surprise Valley Tuesday night in Dunsmuir.

Dunsmuir's girls scored 18 points in both the first and third quarters on the way to their first Evergreen League win of the season, 54-36. The Lady Tigers led 18-2 after one quarter, 25-10 at half time and 43-22 after three quarters. They eclipsed their previous high score of the season by 9 points.

The Tiger boys started fast, too, on the way a 70-50 win that evened their EL record at 2-2. Dunsmuir led 22-10 at the end of the first quarter, 38-19 at the half, and 55-36 after three quarters.

Coach Dan Ballard said Mason Mekeel had a strong game on the boards and finished with Tiger team-high 18 points.

"It was a good win," Ballard said. After losing twice the previous week, "We needed to come out and have a good game," he added.

All 12 Tiger players saw action and 11 scored.

Justin DeClusin and Cody Hagedon scored 10 points each, Chris Headley 7, Jacob Dutra 6, Chris Brown 5, Orion McRee 4, James Adams 2, Jacob Greeno 2, and Dayton Pepperdine 2.

Andrew Conner, who joined the Tiger team a week earlier, added 4 points.

Ballard said Surprise Valley "had two of the best shooters I've seen, but not a lot to go with them."

One of those Hornets is senior Danny Cabrera, who scored 25 points against the Tigers and was averaging a Northern Section high 26 points per game.

The other was sophomore Ivan Coronado, who is averaging nearly 15 points per game. He scored 12 against Dunsmuir.

The Tigers (2-2 and 6-5) are scheduled to play at Happy Camp (0-3, 0-7) Friday night.