Boys basketball Team of the Week: Foothill Cougars

Foothill is off to a 4-0 start with a Harlan Carter title under its belt. The hot start also earned the Cougars the Astro Jump boys basketball Team of the Week honors. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

With a 4-0 start and a pair of early season signature wins, including one in the Harlan Carter Invitational title game, the Foothill Cougars have earned the Astro Jump boys basketball Team of the Week honors.

The Cougars started the season with a 20-point win over U-Prep and finished the week with a fourth-quarter, comeback win over Shasta to claim the school’s fourth Harlan Carter title since the school’s 1991 inception.

Bill Elliott’s gang dispatched Harlan Carter newcomer Washougal (Wash.) 70-55 on Thursday and then rolled past district foes Enterprise and Shasta in succession.

The Cougars showed grit in beating Enterprise 62-52 as their hot start was enough to stave off a Hornets’ comeback attempt. In the title game, Foothill again showed a toughness that surprised even Elliott as his team battled from down 12 points late in the third period to earn the title.

“I think we have more heart than I gave them credit for,” Elliott told Shasta County Sports after the Harlan Carter win. “They played harder than I thought they were going to. They kept playing hard no matter what — overcame some adversity with some calls, missed layups or free throws and but they kept their head up and pushed.”

Josiah Hutt was named Harlan Carter MVP and the Tri Counties Bank boys basketballPlayer of the Week for his efforts in the Cougars’ success. But it was far from a one-man show.

Josiah Plaumo and Beckdoo Lewis showed Foothill can have a Big Three to match their district rival. Luke Lindsey has a motor that doesn’t stop and repeatedly fired up the Foothill crowd, especially on his breakaway dunk. Chase Rossman, Tommy Jensen, Hunter Edwards and Isaiah Putnam all chipped in for the 4-0 start.