Lassen College's basketball teams swept College of the Redwoods Saturday, Jan. 2
A flurry of free throws sent the men into overtime, where they outscored Redwoods 13-7 to win their second Golden Valley Conference game and third home game. Five Cougars scored in double figures. Caleb Ross hit for 19 points and Fred Blue netted 15 to go with his 10 assists. Dante Ray scored 13; Dean Browne had 11 points and three blocks, and Neamoubi Mickle added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The win moved Lassen to 2-1 in conference play, tying them at the top with Shasta and Feather River.
Against Shasta last Wednesday in Redding, the men fell short 74-72.assen (1-1 GVC) led by as much as 17-8 in the early minutes of the first half and maintained a narrow 32-29 halftime lead.
Shasta battled back with a 12-0 run at the start of the second half to take its first lead of the game since scoring the first basket of the contest and led 43-37 before Dean Browne, who led all scorers with 22 points, slammed the ball home to end the Lassen drought.
The Lady Cougars (17-5, 3-0) needed a late surge to get past Redwoods. Jasmere Kirby hit a three-pointer with 16 minutes left to give Lassen a lead it did not relinquish.
Alyson Thurman paced Lassen with 26 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists. Kirby added 17 points eight rebounds and six assists. Eleven of Kirby's points came in the second half. Jennifer Dillie came off the bench to score eight points and collect seven rebounds.
Against Shasta, the Cougars shot 49 percent from the field, and while Shasta kept pace early on, the Knights struggled in the second half to finish at 36 percent shooting.
Lassen's Jamie Wagner scored 22 points. Lassen connected on 10 three-pointers.
Melissa Bunker netted 18 points, inclduing four three-pointers. McKenzie Harrigan added 15 points; Kirby chipped in 11 points and 13 assists, and Thurman had 14.
The Cougars travel to Weed to battle College of the Siskiyous Wednesday, Jan. 24 and host Butte College Saturday, Jan. 27. The women play Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.