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Lady RedHawks rally falls off rim
The collective heart of the Colusa High girls basketball team may have skipped a beat on Thursday as Colusa's Teale Stacey launched a desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer and with Hamilton up by a point.
While Stacey led the RedHawks with 19 points, it was the three she didn't score that she really wanted as her shot caromed off the front iron to end the RedHawks' 49-48 loss to host Hamilton in the first round of their Marty Passaglia Invitational.
Stacey's fast-break buzzer-beater gave Colusa a 9-8 lead after the first eight minutes, as Hamilton got a pair of Kendra Gordon field goals and buckets by Justine McCorkle and Nicole Gordon in the first period.
The Lady Braves took a 12-10 lead in the second quarter following another hoop by Gordon — who finished with 26 points — but a pair of Stacey treys kept Colusa out front 27-24 heading into halftime.
The two sides traded six-point runs in the third quarter, but Colusa maintained a three-point advantage heading into the fourth, 40-37.
With the RedHawks nursing a 41-39 lead early in the final period, Hamilton got an eight-point run just when they needed it most. Emily Bogart sank a pair from the free-throw line, and Gordon scored the next six points to put Hamilton ahead 47-41.
Back came the Redhawks with a put-back by Andrea Thomas that Raegan Avrit answered with a rebound score, before Stacey drove to the rack for a pair and sank a trey with nine seconds left.
Hamilton missed a pair of free throws with 4.4 ticks left, before Stacey's shot fell short.
Kendra Gordon and Rylee Dietz scored six points apiece.
Mollie Townzen supplied 12 points for the RedHawks, and Andrea Thomas pitched in with nine points and six boards.
Mt. Shasta 45, Colusa 40
Salley Loeza's 17 points paced the Colusa scoring effort in Friday's loss to Mt. Shasta.
Stacey and Townzen chipped in with nine points apiece, but the RedHawks were only able to come up with 16 rebounds in the loss.
Colusa 46, Quincy 28
Stacey bombed away for six 3-pointers in her 25-point performance as the RedHawks concluded the weekend with a Saturday win.
Thomas and Yasmin Moreno put up matching sixes, and Colusa got back on the glass for 32 rebounds, with Thomas' eight representing the team best.
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