Video by Tracy Holmes/Shasta County Sports
PALO CEDRO — Once the Redding Christian girls finished as the runner-up to Willows – the section’s top-ranked girls team – at the Lady Hornet Classic just before the New Year, all sights were set on pushing for a late February run.
It just so happened the Lions won a Five-Star League title along the way.
Redding Christian used a 19-0 run in just over 8 minutes in the second and third quarter to pull away from visiting Burney for a 62-25 home win Friday night to finish FSL play with an unblemished 8-0 mark.
“We’ve been talking a lot all season about what are goals are and keeping that in front of us and playing for late February and into March,” Redding Christian coach Scott Alexander said. “We know our league hasn’t been as tough with close games but we’re working hard in practice to say fresh and focusing on each opponent because that’s when you get sloppy.”
Senior night festivities took nearly 30 minutes, Alexander said, and that allowed the Lions to start the game relaxed. Burney tried to take advantage, jumping out to a 7-3 start. But that was quickly erased by back-to-back steals and layups from senior Sadie Alexander and Redding Christian never looked back.
Alexander scored a game-high 17 points, including 13 in the first half, to bring her career scoring total to 993. Aleah Matos and Sammie Wunner each chipped in with 11 points. Wunner is at 966 points for her career, Scott Alexander said.
Kylie Tiran’s deep 3 cut Burney’s deficit to 11 midway through the second but Wunner’s and-1 ignited a 19-0 run that lasted until 2:52 in the third quarter. Matos had three layups during that stretch Alexander with a couple of buckets and Wunner got in the mix with a deep jumper. Couple that with forcing Burney to turn the ball over on their first five possessions of the second half and the Lions were cruising.
“The senior night stuff was long so our first defensive possession we had three girls not knowing who they were guarding,” Scott Alexander said. “It’s like we spent that time hanging out. Once we got to the second quarter things started to look right again.”
Tiran, who Redding Christian held to two points in the previous meeting, finished with a team-best 15 points.
Both teams will learn of their playoff seeding Saturday when the Northern Section brackets are released. The Lions are likely to be the top seed as they prepare their postseason attempt to repeat as D-VI champs.
Redding Christian 62, Burney 25
Redding Christian 11-23-14-14—62
Burney: Tiran 15, Jhonson 4, Davies 4, Estes 2.
Redding Christian: Alexander 17, A. Matos 11, Wunner 11, C. Jones 8, B. Matos 7, K. Jones 4, A. Cady 2, Team 2.
3-pointer—Burney 1 (Tiran); Redding Christian 4 (Alexander 3, A. Matos).
Team FSL, Overall
Redding Christian 8-0, 18-5
Mercy 6-2, 14-9
Burney 4-4, 10-9
Los Molinos 2-6, 10-13
Chester 0-8, 4-18