Foothill High’s Luke Lindsey dribbles around Enterprise’s DeMarreyea Lewis-Cooper during Friday night’s Harlan Carter Invitational semifinal at Foothill High School. Lindsey scored 12 points in the 62-52 win over Enterprise. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)
PALO CEDRO – Hustle one night, high energy the next. Combining those two traits with a growing confidence has translated into wins on back-to-back nights for the Cougars.
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The Cougars (3-0) saw their 19-point fourth quarter lead dwindle to seven with less than 3 minutes to play. But Josiah Hutt dropped in a runner and scored four of his team-high 22 points down the stretch to put Foothill in Saturday’s Harlan Carter title game against Shasta.
Hutt led Foothill with nine points and Luke Lindsey added 12 points and a team-best four steals.
Lindsey ignited the Cougars from the start, burying a 3 and a tip-in putback to fuel a 12-2 lead to pressure the Hornets right away.
“Our kids are so inexperienced that they’re going to play with emotion all of the time,” Foothill coach Bill Elliott said. “Our philosophy is we have to play with that energy just to be in the game because we’re not the quickest or the biggest to we have to get that starting five to get going and the rest will follow suit.”
Hunter Edwards had a pair of layups off steals and Foothill led 20-11 after the opening period. Enterprise answered by leaning on its 6-foot-4 senior post Khristian Clements, who scored 14 of the Hornets’ first 17 points. Clinging to an eight-point lead, Hutt took over. The senior knocked down a 3 from the corner, attacked the rim inside for 2 and dropped another inside bucket before Tommy Jensen’s putback before half gave the Cougars a 37-20 lead at intermission.
“We’ve played three games and have started the same in all three,” Enterprise coach Jim Deaver said. “It’s worrisome but I love their tenacity. If we can get them to start that way, we’re going to be a heck of a team.”
Hutt got thing started in the third with a pull-up trey and Lindsey turned a steal into a two-handed jam to ignite Foothill’s student section ‘The Jungle.’ Hutt and Jensen each sank a 3 in the period to lead 48-29 entering the final stanza.
Foothill slowed the game down with longer possessions and good ball movement to attempt to coast into the final like it did the night before. But the Cougars got out of rhythm and the Hornets capitalized. After an old-fashion three-point play from Adam Shoff, a 3 from Clements and a pair of free throws each from DeMarreyea Lewis-Cooper and Shoff, Enterprise only trailed 54-47.
“We were playing well when we were playing to win but when we turned the table and played not to lose and I pulled the reins back, we lost that energy,” Elliott said. “Part of that lapse was not letting them keep going.”
Foothill split some freebies late but Hutt’s runner stretched the Cougars lead to 11 with 1:02 to play to seal it.
Clements dropped a game-high 27 points in the loss while Lewis-Cooper finished with nine points, six in the final quarter. Enterprise only had five players score but Deaver likes they way his squad competed in a marquee rivalry game.
“I know the potential we have,” Deaver said. “Preseason is all about playing a lot of different kids and giving them opportunities to see what they can do out there.”
Enterprise faces Vallejo, a 62-53 loser to Shasta, for third place on Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip off.
Foothill 62, Enterprise 52
Enterprise (1-2): Clements 27, Lewis-Cooper 9, Shoff 8, O’Banion 6, Owen 2.
Foothill (3-0): Hutt 22, Lindsey 12, Lewis 8, Edwards 8, Jensen 3, Palumbo 3, Putnam 2, Rossman 2, Lee 2.
3-pointers: Enterprise 3 (Shoff 1, Lewis-Cooper 1, Clements 1); Foothill 10 (Hutt 4, Lindsey 2, Lewis 2, Edwards 1, Jensen 1).
Placer 58, Spring Creek 33
Placer jumped out to an 18-3 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back. Max Petrenko dropped 14 points while Nick Schroeder, Dyla Ziegelmann and Konner Baroni each scored eight points.
Spring Creek was led by Zach Woster and Garrison Byland, who each tallied six points.
Placer plays Newport (Ore.) for the consolation final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Spring Creek (Nev.) plays Washougal (Wa.) for seventh place at 11 a.m.
Newport 69, Washougal 60
Newport doubled up Washougal 22-11 after the opening quarter and led 57-40 entering the final period to advance to the consolation final.
Justin Plechaty had 19 points to lead Newport while Fredy Hildalgo scored 15 points and Matt Beaudry and Bryan Tapia each scored 12 points.
Carter Murray scored a team-best 19 points while Alex Orr had 16 points and Kol Mael scored 10 points.