The Lassen College Lady Cougars basketball team has opened their season to a phenomenal start winning their first four games. After facing the Simpson JV at home last week, they hit the road to Redding for a rematch Sunday, Nov. 10 pulling out a 64-54 victory.
Continuing to travel, the Lady Cougars took on De Anza College Tuesday, Nov. 12 and came out with a 72-66 victory against the Cupertino team.
They then headed to Livermore, California Wednesday, Nov. 13 to pull out a huge win of 91-45 against Las Positas College.
Facing Simpson University for the second time in four days, the Lady Cougars started off strong taking an early 16-6 lead in the first quarter with great outside shooting from sophomore guard Ikela Green. Green would go on to score 15 points off five three-point field goals.
Going into the second half and after making a prompt defensive adjustment, the Lady Cougars led the rest of the way finishing Simpson off for the second time in four days for a 64-54 win.
Helping lead the charge for the Lady Cougars against Simpson, freshman forward, Rianno Haymon recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for the game. Freshman point guard Keva New Holy put up seven assists, while sophomore guard Irish Winn finished with 10 points along with six assists.
Wrapping up the outstanding performance for the Lady Cougars was returning sophomore forward Dar’Junanh Harris who pushed the Lady Cougars’ attack with eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.
De Anza College
The Tuesday, Nov. 12 game against De Anza College was described as “Tight from start to finish,” by Lady Cougars head coach Derrick Jackson. The Lady Cougars did get off to a great start taking a 13-point lead, but the De Anza team would get back in the game contesting every shot the Lady Cougars would make.
At the half the Lady Cougars only led by four points and would battle to maintain that lead until halfway through, the end of the game finishing with a 72-66 victory.
Head coach Jackson said, “Any win on the road is a great win and the players showed great poise to the game away.”
Harris led the Lady Cougars’ attack who tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Haymon recorded nine points and nine rebounds. Winn put away scores in the double digits with 16 points and six assists as Green put in 11 points for the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Cougars finished the four-day, three game spread at Las Positas College Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The Lady Cougars took a early and fast lead, at 40-25 at half time, and put away 30 points in the third quarter and another 21 in the final quarter to seal a 91-45 victory.
Freshman center Lesili Aonga, led the attack, scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs for the freshman. Forward Haymon recorded 14 points for a career high and 15 rebounds. Lauren Hicks and Green each finished in the double digits with 12 points each.
The Lady Cougars traveled back to the Bay Area Friday, Nov. 15 for the Sky-Jag Basketball Tournament where they opened up against the No. 3 ranked team in the state, Delta College.
Coach Jackson said before traveling, “We will see how good we really are, and I am a firm believer that to be the best you need to beat the best; that’s the mindset that we will approach that game with.”
Beating Las Positas places the Lady Cougars at 4-0 record for an early season win streak.