The Lady Cougars basketball team poses for a photo before heading to San Francisco for their first round of the 2020 State college playoffs. Photo by Brian Walters

Lady Cougars end remarkable season in San Francisco

The Lassen College Lady Cougars basketball team hit the road Friday, Feb. 28 where they headed to San Francisco, California for the first round of the 2020 state playoffs. The Lady Cougars faced off against the San Francisco City College Lady Rams.

Both teams came in with an equal 20-8 record for the season, and the Lady Cougars gave it their all, but the Lady Rams pulled out 51-49 win over the Lassen Ladies.

The first quarter was an equal match-up with both teams putting eight points on the board, with the Lady Cougars exiting the first half 23-20 and they would hold onto that lead through the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was a back and forth skirmish, but the Lady Rams would out shoot the Lady Cougars by 10 points in the final quarter leading to a 51-49 Lady Rams victory.

Coach Derrick Jackson said following the game, “The players really played hard from start to finish, but a missed free throw here and a missed lay up there sealed the victory for the San Francisco City College Lady Rams.” He also said that the players have no reason to hold their heads down because we had a remarkable season, and now the focus is on next year so on to the recruiting trail I go.”

Ikela Green would go on to lead the Lady Cougar scoring efforts with 17 points while Dar’Juana Harris would pick up the slack with 13 points. Freshman Rionna Haymon scored eight points and led the rebound game with a total of 13 rebounds.

This marks the end of the Lady Cougars basketball season, but after such a strong pre-season in the challenging Golden Valley Conference, the Lady Cougars proved the strength and resilience of their resolve this season.