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Postseason outlook brightens after Cougars win at Modoc

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Aidan Hagarty, shown during a game earlier this season, led the Weed Cougars with 21 points in a Jan. 4 league win at Modoc.

Tuesday night in Alturas, the Weed Cougars ended the win-one-lose-one pattern that had dropped them to third place and was threatening to put a hurt on their seeding position for the playoffs.

With a 66-50 win over Modoc, the postseason looks brighter in Weed.

The Cougars were a game behind Modoc in the Shasta Cascade League standings going into the game. They came out of it tied with the Braves for second place at 5-3.

Though Mount Shasta, 8-0 after a Tuesday night win at Fall River, has a near-lock on the SCL title, Weed coach Mike Carpine said the Cougars are seeking to win out and get the best possible postseason seed.

At 16-5, Weed has the third best overall winning percentage in Division 5, behind Mount Shasta (18-1) and Liberty Christian (17-3) and ahead of Modoc (14-6), Biggs (12-9) and Fall River (11-9).

But the seedings are based on other factors as well, including strength of schedule and league standings. Carpine said the Cougars can't be seeded higher than a team that finishes above them in league. That could be a huge seeding factor if Weed finishes behind an SCL team like Trinity, which is 4-3 in league but 9-12 overall.

The Cougars are scheduled to host Trinity Tuesday night, Feb. 11, but first they host Fall River (3-4 SCL) in Friday night's Winter Carnival game.

"I anticipate a tough game against Fall River," Carpine said. "They won't be easy."

Aidan Hagarty went 9 for 10 from the free throw line and led the Cougars with 21 points Tuesday night.

Trevor Shaffer scored 15, Edgar Casorla 13, Jordan DeBortoli 7, Rashaan Broomfield 5, Spencer Hall 4 and Max Michelon 1.

When the Cougars lost to Modoc, 57-51, Jan. 10 in Weed, junior Alan Weber scored 24 points for the Braves and 6-foot-5 senior Benjamin Jones scored 14.

Carpine said he had Spencer Hall cover Weber "all night" Tuesday. Weber scored just 4 points in the first half and 12 in the game.

Jones scored 12 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars led 16-13 after one quarter and 38-19 at half time.

Modoc narrowed the lead with a 20-13 run in the third quarter, but then the Cougars stretched their lead.

"It was a big win on the road for us, a great game," Carpine said.