Weed girls will play for section basketball title Saturday in Chico
Weed High School's Lady Cougars defeated Mount Shasta Tuesday night, 35-29, to earn their first trip to a Northern Section girls basketball championship game in 25 years.
Senior Karene Marshall and sophomore Destinee Jones combined to score all but 4 of Weed's points in the Division V semifinal, played in front a full house crowd in Weed.
The No. 2 seed, Weed (21-8) will face either No. 1 Durham or No. 4 Fall River in Saturday's championship game, scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. at Chico State.
After leading all scorers with 18 points, a joyous Marshall said, "I'm ecstatic. It's just crazy. It's one step closer." Then she quickly started looking ahead. "We have to get back in focus for Durham."
Jones, who sat out the end of the game with a leg cramp, scored 12 of her 13 points in the first half and was a rebounding force for the Lady Cougars, as she has been all season.
"I just love the game," said Weed sophomore point guard Elyssa Fisher, who came out of the game at one point with a bloody nose. "I love playing. I'm just so excited I have no words."
The win was Weed's third over Mount Shasta in six weeks, but this one was closer than the two they played against each other during the Shasta Cascade League season, which ended with them as co-champions.
Mount Shasta (17-10) led after a ragged first quarter, 7-4. Then the Cougars went on a 15-1 run in the second quarter to take a 19-8 half time lead.
The Lady Bears scored 15 of their 29 points in the fourth quarter and got within 3 points with just under a minute to play at 32-29.
Senior Janelle Jaegel scored all of her team-high 7 points in the fourth quarter for the Bears. Tori Hansen scored 6, Kathryn Andrus 6, Ashley Cain 5, and Sejay Sarti 5.
Marshall, last year's SCL MVP, was 9 of 13 on free throw attempts, 6 of 7 in the fourth quarter. The Cougars as a team were 16 of 26.
Mount Shasta made 6 of its 9 free throw shots.