Lady Cougars lose first
"I'm pleasantly surprised" Lassen head ocach Mark Nareau said about his team's start to the season. "We've definitely got some things to work on, but everyone is playing hard and looking good this early in the season."
Sabrina Dixon was named to the all-tournament team and joined Jasmere Kirby with 20 points to lead Lassen over Hartnell in the first game of the tournamnent.
The Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead and led 53-24 at the half.
Lassen High School's Jeris Evans added 16 points, and Tatum Dunn and Tara Davis scored 10.
Lassen then broke down defensively and fell to Delta.
"We didn't play well at all. We couldn't hit shots and didn't rebound at all," Nareau said.
The women responded against San Mateo in a rematch of last year's playoff game. Down 30-22 at halftime, Lassen applied full-court pressure and got a strong game from Dunn to pull off the win.
Jasmire Borella and Dunn scored 10. Dixon hit for 18 points and buried two pivotal three-pointers down the stretch. Kirby deposited 14 points.
Lassen has this week off before debuting at home against Cosumnes River at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.
"We're getting contributions from a variety of players," Nareau said. "Aside from having an off night against Delta, we're playing like we did when we started off last season. That's a good sign."