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  • Big night for Cougars: varsity girls, JV boys make sure titles are all theirs

  • The Shasta Cascade League champion Weed girls and JV boys basketball teams improved to 10-0 Tuesday night, while the varsity boys took a big step in their goal of securing a high playoff seed.
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  • Weed High School girls basketball team members donned championship t-shirts after Tuesday night's 36-15 win over visiting Trinity.
    The win boosted the Cougars' Shasta Cascade League record to 10-0 and gave them sole possession of the championship. It's their second league title in a row, following last year's co-championship. It's the second time in school history that a Weed girls team has won back-to-back basketball titles, the first time since 1968-69.
    After the game, the girls watched the boys game while wearing gray t-shirts that read, "Weed Cougars SCL Champs 2014".
    Trinity (2-7 SCL) scored 2 points in the first quarter, 2 in the second and 3 in the third as Weed built a 26-7 lead.
    Senior Jillian Neel and junior Destinee Jones scored 10 points each for Weed, senior Lauren Gubetta 7, and junior Paige Miller 5.
    Neel made a pair of three-point shots in the first half.
    At 19-5 overall, Weed is attempting to secure a top two seed for the Northern Section Division 5 playoffs. They were No. 2 behind defending section champion Durham on the first playoff points list released Sunday by the Northern Section.
    Cougar boys alone in second
    Weed's boys were also No. 2 on their playoff points list, and they took a big step in securing a high seed with Tuesday night's 63-57 win.
    Coupled with Modoc's 62-53 loss to Fall River, the Weed boys (7-3 SCL, 18-5) moved into sole possession of second place behind league champion Mount Shasta (10-0, 20-1).
    The helped assure that the Cougars will finish ahead of Trinity (4-5, 9-14) in the SCL standings.
    The Cougars led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, but it was 59-57 with 1:16 on the clock.
    A basket by Aidan Hagarty with 15 seconds to play gave Weed a four-point lead, then Jordan DeBortoli added a pair of free throws.
    DeBortoli, who scored 12 of the Cougars' 19 points in the third quarter, finished with 31 points, including 2 three-point baskets.
    Hagarty scored 12, Edgar Casorla 8, Trevor Shaffer 7, Rashaan Broomfield 3, and Spencer Hall 2.
    JV boys stay undefeated, win league title
    Weed's JV boys also secured an SCL championship with a 54-44 win over Trinity that improved their record to 10-0 in league and 20-2 overall.
    Ss'ven Walker led the JV Cougars with 21 points, including 3 three-point baskets. Amari Traylor scored 12, Alex Pappas 9, and Blake Lane 7.
    Weed's JV girls lost to Trinity, 50-33.
    Rachel Michelon scored 16, Hailey Dixon 6, Abby Dixon 6, and Genna Fisher 4.
    Weed is scheduled to play at Etna Friday night, then finishes the regular season at home against Mount Shasta the following Friday, Feb. 21.
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