Playoff Roundup: Basketball and soccer results from Tuesday
Girls basketball playoffs
Chester 51, Princeton 34
The perfect defense and shooting woes hampered the Princeton High girls basketball team in their opening round 51-34 loss to Chester High in the Division VI playoffs Tuesday in Princeton.
No. 7 Princeton faced a 1-3-1 trap defense for the first time this season and struggled to contend with the No. 10 Volcanoes speed and aggressiveness, which forced the Eagles into turnovers and contested shots.
Princeton built an 18-7 record this year and won the Pioneer-Valley League title on the strength of their shooters, but when they beat the trap, the open shots just wouldn't fall.
"You can't have good shooting nights all the time and it's always nice when you do," Odom said.
Aside from a stretch in the second quarter and the final minutes of the game, Princeton made the game competitive.
It was tied 11-11 early in the second quarter when the Volcanoes went on a 14-0 run which included 3-pointers by point guard McKenna Taylor, who is averaging 18.2 points a game, and Miranda Lemons.
The Eagles rallied in the third quarter, cutting the lead to seven with a 11-6 run before Taylor hit two more 3-pointers and pushed Chesters' lead to 15.
Maryssa Martin scored four consecutive points, cutting the score to 42-32 with about 4 minutes remaining but it wasn't meant to be.
Martin led the Eagles with 16 points, and Juila Romo and Amanda Hansen added five points each.
Taylor led Chester with 24 points and Rebecca Branch added eight.
Chester (14-13, 6-6 Five Star) advances to the second round on Friday where they take on No. 2 Hayfork. Princeton's season is complete.
"We came in here with big time respect for (Chester). Even though they're a 10 seed, we kind of felt like they're one of the best teams. I'm happy with the way the girls played against them tonight," Odom said.
Fall River 67, Williams 19
The Yellowjackets lost in the first round of the Division V playoffs Tuesday at Fall River High.
No. 13 Williams (6-13, 1-9 MVL) couldn't match the firepower of the No. 4 Bulldogs (15-9, 7-5 Shasta Cascade), and fell behind 28-2 by the end of the first quarter.
Colusa @ Lassen (Postponed)
Poor weather conditions on the route to Susanville pushed No. 10 Colusa's (14-11, 6-4 MVL) first-round game against No. 7 Lassen (13-10, 4-4 NAL) to Wednesday night.
Boys basketball playoffs
Maxwell 74, Redding Adventist 48
It rained 3-pointers in the first round Division VI playoff game Tuesday between No. 14 Redding Adventist and No. 5 Maxwell High as the teams hit a total of 16 shots from behind the arc.
The Panthers got the better of the long-range aerial attack and made nine 3-pointers.
Trent Mathis scored nine points on three, 3-pointers, and six Panthers connected from downtown.
Zach Troughton, who didn't make a 3-pointer, led Maxwell with 14 points and George Barajas added 11 points, eight assists and five steals.
Christian Rice led Redding Adventist with 17 points, including three, 3-pointers, and Michael Hageman added 14 points.
With the home victory under their belts, the Panthers (17-6, 9-1 MVL champions) advanced to the second round where they play No. 4 Paradise Adventist (19-6, Pioneer-Valley champions) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Paradise.
Dunsmuir 63, Princeton 40
A strong start gave way to a disappointing defeat for the Princeton High boys basketball team, which lost 63-40 against Dunsmuir in the first round of the Division VI playoffs.
The Eagles took a 9-2 lead early but missed a series of layups and threw the ball away on fast breaks, giving the Dunsmuir an opening which they capitalized on with a 16-2 run.
"Teams shouldn't press us and Dunsmuir pressed us. We should have made them pay for it, but instead we missed layups and before you knew it they were taking advantage of our turnovers and turning them into points," Princeton coach Travis Bennett said.
The No. 10 Tigers (13-6, 7-3 Evergreen) stuck with their game plan and steadily pulled away against No. 7 Princeton (11-12, 7-3 Pioneer-Valley).
Dunsmuir's Mason Mekeel scored 17 points, Cody Hagedon scored 14 points and Justin Declusin added 10 points.
Fernando Sotelo led Princeton with 13 points, Luis Angel scored eight points, and Oscar Espinoza and Julian Rosas added six points.
Dunsmuir advances to the second round where they face No. 2 Redding Christian on Thursday.
Girls soccer playoffs
Colusa 2, Esparto 0
In each of the four meetings between the Colusa High and Esparto High girls soccer teams, the RedHawks drew closer to victory.
On Tuesday, when it mattered most, the RedHawks finally earned their first victory against the Spartans, winning 2-0.
"It was the best game we've played all season and it came at the perfect time because we hadn't been able to beat them all season," Colusa coach Amanda Jones said.
Rebecca Velazquez scored midway through the first half and Samantha Espindola added an insurance goal with 10 seconds left in the match.
Espindola's goal came moments after Esparto nearly tied the game, but RedHawks goalkeeper Jennifer Pulido came out of nowhere to make a great save and launched the ball down field to Velazquez who passed to Espindola for the counter-attack goal.
"I think we just played harder and had better passes. I think the biggest difference was we worked together as a team," Jones said.
Colusa (8-4-5, 6-2-1 MVL) lost their first two games against the Spartans before earning a 2-2 tie on the final day of the regular season. The RedHawks will play in the championship game on Saturday against the winner of Wednesday's game between Willows and University Prep in Redding.
Boys soccer playoffs
Esparto 3, Pierce 1