Lady Cougars in charge of Golden Valley Conference
Lassen has won five in a row to open the Golden Valley Conference schedule, including a sweep at home on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20 against the Butte College Roadrunners and College of the Redwoods Corsair’s.
Butte came to Lassen ranked 12th in the state, three ahead of Lassen before the Cougars quickly showed whom the best team in the GVC is this season. Butte’s ranking dropped down to 18th after the loss.
The Cougars opened the game up with an impressive 10-0 run behind the four points from Indesha Chatman and two from Ashlee Currey, Lucinda Gurrola and Katarina Olivo.
Butte came back and scored four points before Chatman had a layup to put the Cougars up 12-4. The Roadrunners came back, scoring six straight point to make it a 12-10 game before Robin Swain drove to the basket and found an open Chatman for an easy bucket.
The Roadrunners tried to maintain pace with the speedy Cougars as they were close at 15-13 before the Cougars went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead. Gurrola and Currey hit back-to- back three’s and Olivo had a layup to extend the Cougar’s lead.
Butte would cut the lead to 27-23, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the game as Currey hit a three to put Lassen up by seven.
With a little less then a minute to go in the first half, Chatman pulled down three of her 16 rebounds on the offensive end before getting the score, giving Lassen a 41-29 lead at half.
Knowing that if Butte was going to get back in the game, they would try and do it early in the second half, the Cougars came out and quickly increased their lead behind a Currey three and a Swain jump shot. The Roadrunners who were down as many as 16 at one point early on in the second half, had cut the lead to 10, but a Swain three from the left corner put Lassen up by 13 points.
Later in the half with the Cougars comfortably up 71-53, Chatman pump-faked in the post but her defender did not move. Chatman turned back and found an open Currey who calmly nailed her fifth three-pointer of the game to give Lassen a 74-53 lead.
Lassen went on to win the game 86-59 while shooting 50 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc.
“We played really well tonight and shot the ball well,” Coach Mark Nareau said.
Currey led the team with 20 points and nine assists and Chatman had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Gurrola added 16 points and Swain chipped in 13.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Cougars hosted the College of the Redwoods Corsair’s.
Chatman opened things up with a layup before the Corsair’s hit a three to go ahead. Then Lassen went on a 21-3 run behind 10 points from Chatman, three’s from Currey, Olivo and Swain and a layup from Krystal Glass.
The closest the Corsair’s got was 30-19 before Glass completed a three-point play to put Lassen up 33-19.
Lassen pushed their lead to 52-31. Lassen’s defensive pressure, which caused 19 turnovers in the game, led the Cougars to many fast break points.
In the second half, Lassen’s defense and speed was too much for the Corsair’s as they would cruise to a 100-66 victory behind the 32 points and 11 rebounds from Chatman. Currey added 13 points and six assists. Gurrola chipped in seven points, eight rebounds and six assists and Olivo had eight points and five rebounds in the victory.
On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Cougars traveled to the College of the Siskiyous to play. They defeated Siskiyous 100-97 to go to 5-0 in the GVC.
Swain led the team with 29 points, going 7-13 from beyond the arc. Chatman had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Currey had 22 points. Gurrola had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Their next game is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Feather River College. Their next home game is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 against Shasta.
Box Score vs. Butte
Swain 5-10 0-0 13, Gurrola 5-6 3-4 16, Currey 7-15 1-2 20, Chatman 8-14 1-3 17, Olivo 4-10 0-0 10, Blanche 2-2 0-0 4, Keats 0-0 0-0 0, Glass 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 0-3 0-0 0, Locke 0-2 0-0 0, Burtt 1-1 0-0 3, Molino 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 33-66 6-11 86.
Three-point goals — Currey 5, Gurrola 3, Swain 3, Olivo 2, Burtt 1.
Box Score vs. Redwoods
Swain 3-6 0-0 8, Gurrola 3-7 0-0 7, Currey 5-13 2-2 13, Chatman 11-21 10-15 32, Olivo 3-7 1-2 8, Blanche 3-3 0-2 6, Keats 2-8 2-4 6, Glass 2-3 1-1 5, Hall 1-4 3-4 5, Burtt 0-2 2-4 2, Molino 2-10 2-2 8. Totals 35-84 22-36 100.
Three-point goals — Molino 2, Swain 2, Olivo 1, Currey 1, Gurrola 1.
Box Score vs. Siskiyous
Swain 9-15 4-4 29, Chatman 9-21 5-6 23, Gurrola 4-9 0-0 11, Currey 8-21 0-0 22, Olivo 3-9 1-1 7, Molino 2-4 0-0 5, Burtt 1-1 1-2 3.
Three point goals — Swain 7, Currey 6, Gurrola 3, Molino 1.
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