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Anderson-Shasta come together in Toys for Tots benefit; Wolves sweep Cubs

The Shasta and Anderson basketball programs played four games on Tuesday to benefit the Toys for Tots program. Shasta swept the Cubs, but the real winners were the kids who might receive a toy for the holidays thanks to the generous fans. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

The Shasta Wolves got the sweep. The Toys for Tots campaign was the winner though.

The Shasta and Anderson basketball programs came together for the Second Annual Toy for Tots basketball games on Tuesday at Anderson High School, playing four games and collecting about eight bins full of toys for the Marine Corp program that distributes toys to children whose parents are unable to afford them during the holiday season.

The girls were up first and the Wolves used a 29-16 first-half outburst to distance themselves from the Cubs.

Isabelle Smith and Genny Kendall opened the night for the Wolves before Ava Jackson canned one of her four 3-pointers and the visitors opened a quick 7-2 lead on Jeremiah Jones’ club.

Anderson girls coach Jeremiah Jones decked out for the Toys for Tots game in Anderson on Tuesday. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

Averi Feusi and Kaitlyn Phillips wold close the gap to 9-6 on a pair of free throws and a steal and score by Feusi, but a triple by the Wolves’ Taryn Giacomelli boosted the lead to 14-6 to end the first period.

Jackson drained a trio of 3-pointers in the second period as Shasta opened the 29-16 edge at intermission. And while the Wolves were foul-plagued in the first half, they used a strong third period – that saw Anderson in foul trouble – to distance themselves from the hosts.

Shasta scored on six straight possession in the third period to take the lead from 31-20 to 40-21 in the span of 2:30. Giacomelli hit a pair of free throws before Jackson added one freebie on the next possession. After the Cubs missed both ends of two foul shots, Giacomelli hit a 15-footer, Smith then sank two free throws and Giacomelli added back-to-back baskets on consecutive trips on assists from Smith and Arielle Patton.

Shasta 58, Anderson 38

Jacob Singleton and JT Beasley each scored 17 for the Wolves as Shasta outscored Anderson’s halftime total with its second-half outburst.

Singleton, the junior post, was effective in the paint, while Beasley scored in bunches in transition and the Wolves got east baskets with their motion offense as Dilraj Sahota facilitated to cutters.

Playing with stitches above his eye, Singleton led a low-post charge as he and Simon Turner scored the first three buckets of the night for the visitors for a quick 6-0 lead. But Jesse Brophy’s right wing 3-pointer cut the lead in half at the midway point of the first quarter.

But the Division II Wolves had too many weapons on offense as Armal Dhinsa scored on a dribble drive before Beasley picked a Cubs’ pocket and scored on a coast-to-coast fast break and a 10-5 lead.

Sahota opened the second period by assisting on Shasta’s first three buckets. He hit Beasley as the senior guard curled around the key in the motion offense. He hit Weaver on the low block with a bounce pass that allowed him to slide in the reverse layup and again found Beasley on a back cut that allowed the Wolves to double up Big Blue 18-9 with 6 minutes left in the first half. Beasley would finish the half with 13 to lead all scorers as Shasta lead 29-15 at intermission.

Sahota scored his first points on the night on a jumper to start the second half before Gator Wilson popped a left corner triple to open Anderson’s scoring. But the Wolves would score in bunches as Turner and Singleton again went on a 6-2 run for Shasta with baskets sandwiched around an Anthony Ballestin bucket.

Singleton would close the third with four straight points on two fast breaks as Shasta opened up a 47-24 lead after three.

A pair of Christian Teague 3-pointers to start the fourth would close the gap to 18 points, but the Cubs never got much closer as subs finished the final 3:30 of the contest.

Girls Box Score

Shasta – 14-15-18-21-69
Anderson -6-10-9-6-31
SHS – White 2, Patton 2, Rodriguez 3, Flores 4, Poletski 4, Kendall 5, Smith 15, Giacomelli 16, Jackson 17
AHS – Kincaid 3, Scott 5, Feusi 7, Friermood 8, Phillips 8,
3-pointers: SHS- 9: Smith, Kendall, Poletski, Giacomelli (2), Jackson (4); AHS- 1: Kincaid

Boys Box Score
Shasta-12-17-18-11- 58
Anderson-9-6-9-14-38
SHS -Foster 2, Groves 2, Sahota 4, Dhinsa 4, Weaver 6, Turner 6, Beasley 17, Singleton 17
AHS – Cushman 2, Armstrong 2, Seaters 2, Brophy 3, Ballestin 4, Ryan 5, G. Wilson 6, Teague 14
3-pointers: SHS – 0; AHS – 2: Teague (2), G. Wilson (2).

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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