Mount Shasta High to host two section semifinals this week
Mount Shasta High School is scheduled to host Northern Section semifinal playoff games on back-to-back nights this week after the Bears boys and girls teams were both victorious Friday night.
Both Mount Shasta teams will be going up against familiar foes that they already defeated twice during the Shasta Cascade League season.
The Mount Shasta girls are scheduled to host Modoc Tuesday night, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday night at 7 p.m., Mount Shasta’s boys are scheduled to host Trinity.
The winning teams will advance to the section championship games scheduled for Friday afternoon at Butte College in Oroville.
Mount Shasta’s boys, the top seed in Division 5, defeated No. 9 Williams Friday night in Mount Shasta, 60-48, while No. 5 Trinity won at No. 4 Quincy, 68-51.
Mount Shasta (24-3 overall) won the SCL boys championship with a 10-0 record, while Trinity (18-9) was second at 7-3. In two league games against the Wolves, the Bears won on Jan. 26 in Weaverville, 63-49, and on Feb. 9 in Mount Shasta, 71-65.
A year ago in the section semifinals, Trinity came to Mount Shasta as the No. 3 seed and knocked off the No. 2 Bears, 61-41, then went on to defeat Williams in the section championship game.
Trinity also won a section semifinal game at Mount Shasta in 2015.
The Bears’ goal from the start of this season, coach Cliff Blakely said, has been to win the section championship. They’re two wins away.
The other Division 5 boys semifinal will see No. 3 Durham at No. 2 Colusa. Durham defeated No. 6 Modoc, 62-44, and Colusa defeated No. 7 Portola, 75-43.
Mount Shasta’s girls have been to the section championship game two years in a row and won the title in 2016.
They’re one win away from returning after a 43-27 win at Portola Friday night. As the No. 6 seed, the Bears are hosting Tuesday night’s semifinal because No. 7 Modoc knocked off No. 2 Hamilton, 60-53, a result Mount Shasta coach Kirk Andrus said in advance he thought was possible.
No. 4 East Nicolaus, a 51-41 winner over No. 5 Trinity, will travel to No. 1 Durham for the other girls semifinal.
After the seedings were determined, Andrus said he felt the SCL was penalized because it is so competitive. Four SCL teams -- the Bears and Braves in Division 5 and Weed and Etna in Division 6 -- then won on the road against higher seeds.
But Trinity, which beat the Bears twice in league this season, came up short at East Nicolaus.
While the Bears are seeking a third straight trip to the section championship game, Durham has been there five years in a row and won the title four times.
Tuesday’s girls semifinal in Mount Shasta was originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but that was changed to 6 p.m.
In league, the Mount Shasta girls defeated Modoc 46-37 on Jan. 9 in Mount Shasta and 40-35 Feb. 2 in Alturas.