Lady Cougars get past Shasta, Redwoods
Lassen College's women's basketball team captured its 17th straight Golden Valley Conference win and 19th consecutive home victory after downing College of the Redwoods 79-72 Saturday, Feb. 9. The Lady Cougars, ranked second in the state and No. 1 in Northern California, had trouble getting past the Corsairs and Shasta the night before. Lassen (26-4, 6-0) ended up beating the Knights 69-62.
"Both teams played us hard. Shasta is a real scrappy team and Redwoods has some good players. Four of their players could play for us," Lassen head coach Mark Nareau said.
Shasta used a 15-5 run at the start of the second half to open up a 54-47 lead with nine minutes to go. Lassen then scored 12 unanswered points to pull away.
"We picked it up defensively and started hitting the glass," Nareau said.
Janelle Mack paced the Lady Cougars with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Jasmine Borella had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Jasmere Kirby poured in 28 points to help fend off Redwoods. Jamie Wagner added 23 points and six assists, and Mack chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds.
"We played good full-court defense, but Redwoods is tough," Nareau said. "They easily could have 12 or 15 wins if you look at the talent they've got."
The Corsairs entered the game with just four wins.
The Lassen men fell to Redwoods 78-75, playing the Corsairs tougher after losing by six points earlier in the season.
Tyrice Mitchell led the way for the Cougars with 20 points. Carlos Dawson scored 16 and Steve Humphreys netted 12. Damian Browne had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Marcus Price led Redwoods with 19 points.
Both Lassen teams travel to Weed to face College of the Siskiyous on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Cougars host Butte at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in their final regular season home game. The teams close out the regular season on the road against Feather River and Butte.