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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, March 10, 2014 1’ S P ,:D RT S RE CREAT I O N TACO It's so easy to get your local sporting events listed in the Lassen County Times'sports writer Will Freedman at 257- 5321 or e-mail your calendar information to W& COII Wednesday, March 11 Adult Slowpitch Softball League managers meeting 6 p.m.. SusanviUe Pizza Factory Thursday, March 12 Lassen High School softball Lassen at Oroville 4 p.m. • Oroville High School Friday. March 13 Lassen Community College baseball Lassen vs. Featfier River 2 p.m. • Riverside Park Lassen High School softball Lassen vs. TBA TBA • PV Tournament Lassen High School baseball Lassen vs. Enterprise TBA • Oroville High Tournament Saturday. March 14 Lassen Community The Lassen High School boy's basketball team poses with its district four runners-up plaque after playing Anderson High School on Saturday, March 7. Photos by Will Freedman i Lassen boy's basketball is division 4 runners-up, head to state tournament • Will Freedman • Sports Writer • wfreedman@lassennews,com • On Saturday, March 7 the • Lassen High School boy's • basketball team headed to : Shasta College with one • thing on their mind, to make • history. They took on a very • good Anderson High School • team, a team that they had • faced two times prior. • They split the season Lassen at Feather River ..... 12 p.m. • Feather River Lassen Community College baseball Lassen at Feather River ' 4 p.m. • Feather River Lassen High School softball Lassen vs. TBA TBA • PV Tournament Lady Jacks fall to Tulelake i I W/ill Freedman Sports Writer • * The Westwood High School girl's basketball team lost to Tulelake High School on Friday, Feb. 27 in the quarterfinals of the division six playoffs, 61-34. The game started off close . early as no team could really get the advantage on the other. Tulelake had a four- point lead at the end of the first quarter and added " slightly to it in the second. At halftime Westwood was down, 25-16. Westwood had a better showing offensively in the third quarter, but defensively they couldn't stop Tulelake. The Lady Jacks were " outscored 20-11 in the • quarter. At the start of the fourth, the Lady Jacks had every intention of making an impressive comeback, but they had trouble scoring. " They only managed to put i series, 1-1 this being the rubber match. Despite the valiant effort, the Grizzlies came up short, 57-49. In front of an almost a packed gym at Shasta College, including a rowdy Lassen student section that made the 100-mile drive to support their team, Lassen High began their quest to: make history. The last time a Lassen High boy's basketball Senior Quinn Thompson scores over an Anderson Defenderin the district four Championship game on Saturday, March 7. See Lady Jacks, page 4C i & team had won a section championship was 1988. The game started as most high school championship games start, with both teams tense. Lassen had the early lead but the score was stuck at 2-0 for the first three minutes of the game. Both teams were having trouble finding their rhythm in front of the big crowd. After Anderson made their first three points from the free throw line, this was a theme throughout the game, baskets started coming in bunches. The Grizzlies made two consecutive three pointers from senior Quinn Thompson and sophomore Wyatt Martin, and got some easy baskets that were a direct cause of their pressure defense. Lassen was the aggressor in the first quarter and had the lead, 17-12, The second quarter was not kind to the Grizzlies. They could not buy :i a basket. They were held scoreless for more than five minutes while Anderson was able to take the lead and then add to it. • Lassen's press was giving Anderson problems, but they were only able to run their press after a made basket. Since they weren't able to make a basket, Anderson was able to relax and play their style of basketball. This combined with continuously getting to the free throw line, slowed the temp down which favored Anderson. Despite not being able to score, the Grizzlies continued to play their hearts out, diving for loose balls and drawing charges. Senior Tom Raschein was able to break the scoreless drought for Lassen by hitting a pull up jumper, but by then Anderson had taken the lead. The Grizzlies managed to only score four points in the quarter and went into halftime down, 29-25.: The second hlf.begar with Anderson scoring four straight points. Lassen answered right back with Raschein scoring four consecutive points of his own. After that some turnovers mixed with some bad shot selection by the Grizzlies led Anderson to a 6- 0 run to make the deficit 10 points. Lassen's head basketball coach Mike Giacomelli had his team pick up the pressure which instantly bothered Anderson. The they continued to get to the free throw line. This stopped the Grizzlies last gasp for a comeback. There is never just one aspect of a game that decides the outcom'e, but free throws did tell a tale in this game. Anderson shot a total of 33 free throws and made 21 of them, while Lassen shot only seven and made none. : ,  £ : Thompson led the Gi-izzlies ": in scoring with 14 points, followed by Raschein who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Daniel Perry who had four points, and Martin who had six points, were both plagued with foul trouble for most of the game. Wood fmished with eight points and an impressive 16 rebounds. Even though the outcome was not what the Grizzlies would have liked, their run was historic, and it is not Grizzlies scraped together finished. LaSsen is the No. 13 four pointsff : turner/£Y *: .... :  in-the te' Urlalier/t -''"  but Anderson kept getting to the foul line. The third quarter ended with Lassen still down, 43-31. The fourth and final quarter was all the Grizzlies had left to make something happen. Everyone from Lassen High was waiting for someone to step up, and senior Bryant Wood was ready to do so. Lassen opened the quarter on an 8-0 run; all points were scored by Wood. The Grizzlies who were once down 12 points were now within four points with five minutes to go. Anderson was able to regroup and hit some big shots down the stretch, and and play6 the No. 4 seed Capital Christian on Wednesday, March 11 in Sacramento. If they win that game then they will play on Saturday, March 14 against the winner of Palma vs. West Campus game. Whatever happens in the state tournament, the 2014- 2015 Lassen High School boy's-basketball team will be one for the ages. They battled through adversity all year long and made it to a level many people didn't think was possible. Susanville might be a football town, but basketball is quickly gaining ground. 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