BASKETBALL

Mount Shasta girls alone on top in SCL

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mount Shasta senior Mary Taylor guarded by Weed's Rachel Michelon during a Shasta Cascade League game Jan. 19, 2016 in Mount Shasta.

Just before the start of the 2016 Shasta Cascade League basketball season, Mount Shasta girls coach Kirk Andrus said he expected tough games every night in every town.

It hasn’t played out that way in the first half for the Lady Bears, who thumped Trinity in Weaverville Tuesday, 58-30, after a similarly lopsided 56-32 win at Fall River Friday night.

The Bears take a 5-0 SCL record into their Winter Carnival game Friday night, Jan. 29, against Burney. Their smallest margin of victory so far in league was 16 points in a 53-37 win at home against Etna, which is tied for last place with Burney at 1-4.

Mount Shasta won by 24 points or more against Modoc (2-3), Weed (2-4), Fall River (5-1) and Trinity (3-3).

After the win at Fall River, Andrus said he thinks the Bears benefitted from a challenging pre-league schedule when they “played against good guards at high speed and (got) used to it.”

It helped to get junior Kacey Cain back for her first league game when they hosted Weed Jan. 19.

Tuesday night at Trinity, Cain scored 12 points with a 3-point basket, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Kaycee Sarti made five 3-point shots and led the Bears with 15 points.

Emily Andrus scored 11 points with 8 rebounds and 3 steals. She had four of the Bears’ 24 offensive rebounds. That was more than their 16 rebounds off the defensive glass.

Abby Manley had 9 rebounds, 5 on the offensive side. She scored 8 points.

Six of Samantha Benedict’s 7 rebounds came off Bears’ misses.

Abby Andrus scored 2 points with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals.

Mary Taylor scored 6 points, and freshman Lily Hitchcock had 3 steals.

The Bears outscored the Wolves in every quarter and pulled away with a 22-5 run in the final period.

They outscored Fall River in every quarter Jan. 22 in McArthur, while giving the Bulldogs their second loss of the season overall.

Mount Shasta seniors who were playing their final game in the Fall River gym experienced “a lot of happiness,” Andrus said.

He said the game started at a hectic pace and a 3-point basket by Sarti that made it 5-2 “relaxed us and allowed us to settle down.”

Sarti finished with four 3’s and a team-high 16 points.

Cain scored 9 of her 11 points in the second half and finished with 9 rebounds and 5 steals. “She played great,” Andrus said.

Taylor scored the final 4 points of the first half to increase the Bears’ lead to 22-10. “That gave us a lot of momentum going into the locker room,” Andrus said.

Taylor finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds and “was superb,” according to the coach.

The Bears lengthened their lead with a 19-10 run in the third quarter.

Andrus said the Bears’ “team defense was top notch in that game,” and overall he called it “our most complete effort of the season... the girls’ effort was about as good as I’ve seen.”

Despite the 24 point margin of victory, Andrus said Fall River is “a very good team. Their guards are tough and skilled. We don’t have any illusions it’s going to be easy when we play them next time in our gym.”

Benedict and Emily Andrus scored 6 points each at Fall River.

Manley had 10 rebounds, Benedict 6, Abby Andrus 5, and Emily Andrus 4.