Cady Cougars win tourney; LCC men tout young team
Lassen College's women's basketball team upset the top-ranked team in Northern California to capture its second straight Reno Shootout crown last weekend. The Lady Cougars defeated San Jose City 68-56 in the title game to win the tournament, fueled by Jasmere Kirby's 20 points. Tournament MVP Janelle Mack deposited 15 points and Jasmire Borella poured in 11. Jamie Wagner added eight points.
Kirby, Borella, Wagner also made the all-tournament squad.
Lassen led 28-25 at halftime and pulled away in the final seven minutes.
"Janelle had an incredibletournament. She is going to be quite a force if she's plays like that the rest of the season," Lassen head coach Mark Nareau said. "It was a good opening weekend for us. The team played hard and came out with great intensity."
The Lady Cougars openedwith a 84-29 win over Modesto. Wagner led the way with 19 points. Tara Davis netted 16 and Sabrina Dixon scored 12.
Lassen dropped Sacra-mento City 90-52. A strong defensive effort gave the Lady Cougars a 46-19 halftime lead.
Mack had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Borella hit for 17 points, Wagner scored 14; and Kirby and Davis added 11.
Nareau assembled the team after his second full year of recruiting. Lassen won the Golden Valley Conference title with a 10-0 record and rode a 26-6 mark into the Final Eight where it lost to Ventura - the eventual state champion.
"It was another good recruiting year. We got players from some quality programs.
Borella comes to the team form Melbourne, Australia and Davis is from Lowry High School in Winnemuca, Nev. Nareau also landed Jeris Evans from Lassen High School.
Lassen debuts at home on Tuesday, Nov. 27 against Consumes River.
The Cougar men enter the season after just missing the Final Eight by five points. Third-year head coach Fred Chmiel (43-21 record at Lassen) heads a freshman-laddened team with a lot of promise.
"We've got plenty of talent, it's just a matter of testing the team in game situations," Chmiel said.
Lassen lost its first two games as host of the Reno Shootout. Results of the third game were not available at press time.
Three sophomores will anchor the Cougars - Carlos Dawson, Steve Humphreys and Tyrice Mitchell.
Top freshman recruits include Damian Browne, Torrance Walker, Mark Cofer and redshirt Erick Bales.
The Cougars debut at home on Jan. 10 against Foothill.