The Lady Grizz basketball team took to the road on Thursday, Jan. 5 to take on the West Valley Tournament that lasted until Saturday, Jan. 7.
Lassen’s ladies played hard throughout the tournament and ended up with two wins and a loss.
The Grizzlies fought against the Oroville Tigers, the West Valley Eagles and the Shasta Wolves.
Lassen took home the gold in both the Oroville and the West Valley games with final scores of 64-41 and 41-39, respectively.
The Grizzlies then went on to play in the championship game against the Wolves, but the unfortunate loss came at a score of 61-42, Shasta.
Though the Grizzlies earned a runner-up status, the girls are nothing short of completely determined to take the league games by the horns.
In the Oroville game, Lassen stayed in the lead consistently and denied the Tigers any chance of salvation.
The first quarter ended with a humiliating score of 18-4 on the board, and the Grizzlies entered the second half ahead by 17 points. By the end of quarter three, the girls stood on the winning end of a 47-22 score. The game was called after Lassen upped their score by another 19 points to counter Oroville’s 17.
In the Oroville game, Hannah Carson led the way with 15 points and three steals. Jaz Brussatoi scored 11 points and made four steals. Makenna Busse was up next with eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Ava Steele, Maddie Hampton and Jamie Larson all scored six points for the team.
On Friday, Jan. 6, Lassen took on West Valley with Grizzly teeth snarling.
The Eagles took on the Grizzlies with surprising force and ended the first quarter ahead by one point. The 7-6, West Valley, score came as an insult to Lassen, so the girls eagerly scored 15 points in quarter two to counter West Valley’s 12. When halftime was called, a score of 21-19 shone on the board in Lassen’s favor.
Quarter three of the West Valley game was called with Lassen four points ahead.
The close game only got closer, though, as the Eagles managed to gain nine points in the last quarter to counter Lassen’s seven. With a final score of 41-39, Lassen had won the game by an inch.
Throughout the game, Busse headed the team with 17 points and eight rebounds. Carson was next with seven points, eight rebounds and five steals. Dani Nevis brought in four points for the Grizzlies.
With two wins under their belt for the tournament, Lassen headed to the championship game against the Shasta Wolves.
Shasta put up a great fight against Lassen and ended up overwhelming the Grizzly girls with a final score of 61-42. The Wolves led in all four quarters with point gains of 13, 17, 23 and eight to counter Lassen’s gains of eight, 10, 16, and eight points, respectively.
The varsity girls started off their league games on Friday, Jan. 13 against West Valley. Results will be published in the Tuesday, Jan. 24 issue.
The next game for the Grizzlies will be today, Tuesday, Jan. 17 against Central Valley at home.