Three-win week lifts Mount Shasta Lady Bears into 1st place
A three-win week lifted the Mount Shasta High School girls basketball team into first place in the Shasta Cascade League standings, half a game ahead of Weed.
Nine days after the Lady Bears lost to Weed in Weed, they won Saturday at Fall River, a day after the Lady Cougars lost at Fall River.
With two wins over Fall River in the same week and a Carnival night win over Trinity, Mount Shasta finished the week 8-1, while Weed is 7-1, and Fall River 5-3.
The Bears are scheduled to play at Etna (3-5) Tuesday night, then finish their SCL schedule with home games against Burney (0-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Weed on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Cougars are scheduled to play three of their final four league games on the road, at Trinity (3-5) Tuesday night, at home against Etna on Friday, Feb. 8, at Modoc (2-5) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and at Mount Shasta Feb. 15.
Weed stayed undefeated in league with a 40-32 home win over Modoc Tuesday, then lost at Fall River Friday night, 49-44. The Lady Cougars had defeated Fall River twice earlier in the season and hadn't allowed more than 32 points in either of those games.
Fall River, which lost at Mount Shasta Tuesday night, 45-27, improved to 5-2 with Friday night's win over Weed and kept its title hopes alive. But after losing a third league game Saturday to the Bears, 47-39 – and with no games left against the teams ahead of them – the Bulldogs would need a lot of help from the lower ranked teams to get back in it.
Mount Shasta had no trouble with Trinity during Friday night's Winter Carnival game. Sophomore Ashley Cain scored 14 points and junior Sejay Sarti 13 in the Bears' 54-23 win.
After holding Fall River to 6, 2, and 6 points in the final three quarters Tuesday night, Mount Shasta limited Trinity to 5, 5, and 2 in the first three quarters Friday.
"We played some good defense in our own gym," said Mount Shasta coach Kirk Andrus. "We're doing some good things. The girls are moving their feet better, making better decisions, and their effort is better. Our team has not boxed out all year as well as we have this week. That' a big turn-the-corner for us."
Junior Tori Hansen scored 20 points in the win over Trinity, Janelle Jaegel had 9 points and 4 assists, junior Kathryn Andrus scored 4 points with 12 rebounds and 6 steals, and Cain scored 8 points with 8 rebounds.
Karene Marshall led the Cougars with 17 points in Tuesday night's win over Modoc, and sophomore Destinee Jones scored 13.
Weed led 25-8 at half time after what coach Bob West said was "as a good a first half as we've played all season."
Modoc got within 3 or 4 points in the second half before the Cougars extended their winning margin.
"We need to be like sharks in water," West said of the focus the team puts on defense. "How many stops can we make in a row? That's the way we look at it."