Prep basketball Tuesday: Weed at Mount Shasta tonight
The Mount Shasta and Weed varsity boys and girls teams face each other tonight after they all won big games on their home courts Friday night.
Tuesday night’s rivalry games are scheduled to start at 3:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 in Mount Shasta’s Robert E. Novo Gymnasium.
Mount Shasta’s boys and Weed’s girls teams both go into the games in first place in the Shasta Cascade League.
Mount Shasta boys even score with Trinity
Mount Shasta’s boys held off Trinity, 53-45, Friday night in a game between two of the three Shasta Cascade League teams that started the night tied for first.
The win was doubly important for the defending champion Bears’ title hopes because they lost their SCL opener at Trinity in early January, 47-41.
John Clemens led all scorers in Friday night’s game with 20 points, 8 of them during the Bears’ 19-point fourth quarter.
The Bears finished the week 6-1 (15-6 overall) and tied for first with Fall River (19-1), a team they’re scheduled to play Friday night in McArthur.
Trinity fell to 5-2 and 10-7, while Weed moved into a fourth place tie with Etna after defeating Etna Friday night in Weed, 59-43.
Carnival night win helps Cougars' playoff hopes
Weed’s fourth win in a row after a five-game losing streak started with a 12-4 run in the first quarter Friday night.
In front a Carnival night crowd, the Cougars led 30-16 at half time and 39-22 after three quarters.
Etna had a 21-20 advantage in the final period.
Along with their 61-33 non-league win over Mercy of Red Bluff Tuesday of last week in Weed, the Cougars finished the week 3-4 in league and 13-8 overall.
The Cougars had lost their SCL opener at Etna, 43-31, in early January and needed Friday night’s win to avoid falling two games behind the Lions. That would have increased the difficulty for earning a first round home playoff game.
Cougar coach Mike Carpine said “our intensity level” was the difference between the loss in Etna and Friday night’s win.
Junior Amari Traylor scored 8 of the Cougars’ 12 first-quarter points and finished with a team-high 14.
Fisher's threes ignite Weed girls
The Weed girls (6-1 and 16-5) broke a first place tie with Etna when they defeated the Lions (5-2, 14-7) Friday night, 37-22.
Elyssa Fisher’s long range shooting in the second half was huge for the Cougars, as was their defense, which held the Lions to 4 points in each of the first two quarters, 8 points in the third and 6 in the fourth.
Weed led 11-8 after a low-scoring first half, then Fisher opened the third quarter with a pair of threes and a free throw that built the lead to 18-10.
A three-pointer from the corner by McKenna Crabill increased Weed’s lead to 21-11.
The Cougars led 25-16 going into the final period, but Etna cut it to 27-22.
Fisher buried another 3-point basket after a Weed timeout with 4:28 to play, then the Cougars forced a turnover and Angel Whatley scored on an inbounds play.
Weed’s defensive pressure continued, and Fisher’s 3-pointer off the glass from the top of the key with 3 minutes to play made it 35-22 and capped a lightning-fast 8-0 run.
Fisher’s 19 points, all but 4 of them in the second half, nearly equaled Etna’s total for the game.
While the Cougars play at Mount Shasta tonight, the two teams tied for second place, Fall River (5-2, 17-4) and Etna, face off in Etna.
'Great bounce-back game' for Lady Bears
Mount Shasta (4-3, 11-9) lost to Etna in Mount Shasta Tuesday of last week, 50-40, but the Bears got back on track by winning big Friday night against Trinity, 69-28.
Sophia Ackerman-Mero had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Kaycee Sarti scored 12, Kacey Cain had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals, Ashley Cain 11 points and 8 rebounds, Madeleine Moyer 8 points and 3 assists, Abby Manley 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, and Emily Andrus 5 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.
In the loss to Etna, Moyer scored 13, Sarti 11, and Ashley Cain had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Coach Kirk Andrus said the Bears “didn’t feel good about the way we played against Etna; they got hot and our defense wasn’t great.”
He said Friday’s win was “a great bounce-back game; we did everything right.”
Andrus said he feels the Lady Bears have gained experience since their 46-34 loss at Weed on Jan. 9 and the players “really believe in each other... I certainly believe in them; they’ve worked really hard.”