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Shasta College men, women hoops miss playoffs

Shasta College's Jenna Wallace (left) and Zach Thompson (right) led their respective teams in scoring this season. (Photos by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The Knights won’t be dancing this year.

Shasta College’s men’s and women’s basketball team each lost their final regular season game Wednesday to College of the Redwoods, dropping the Knights out of the playoffs.

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The men went into the game with a shot at the Golden Valley Conference title, needing to beat Redwoods to earn the automatic bid to the CCCAA State Tournament. But the Knights fell 109-84 to the first-place Corsairs, who captured the GVC title. Shasta’s loss dropped it to third in the GVC behind Butte due to the Roadrunners holding the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Redwoods was seeded eighth and Butte was seeded 12th out of the 19-team field.

For the women, Shasta lost 83-61 to finish in last place in the GVC. Shasta finished the season 2-8 in the GVC and 14-13 overall. Knights head coach Jerry Brown considered his team on the bubble with a fifty-fifty possibility of reaching the postseason. But the Knights were left out of the 18-team field.

The other five teams in the GVC made the playoffs. Butte is seeded 3rd, Redwoods 8th, Lassen 10th, Siskiyous 16th and Feather River 18th.

MEN

The Knights finished seventh in the state with an average of 11.8 turnovers per game. Shasta averaged 69.6 points per game and gave up 69.1 points per game, 21st best in the state.

Zach Thompson finished the year as the leading scorer with 14.5 points per game. Simmer Singh averaged 13.1 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game. Michael Plunkitt averaged 7.5 points, 5.0 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game. His 82 steals on the season ranked third in the state and his 134 assists ranked 22nd. Derek Gorden averaged 9.9 points per game.

STANDINGS
Team GVC, Overall
Redwoods 8-2, 21-5
Butte 6-4, 16-10
Shasta 6-4, 15-13
Feather River 4-6, 9-17
Siskiyous 3-7, 9-18
Lassen 3-7, 7-17

WOMEN

Jenna Wallace led the Knights in scoring with 19.6 points per game, which ranked 11th in the state. Her 547 points ranked sixth in the state and her 212 field goals made was also sixth. She added 16 double-doubles on the year. She also led the team in rebounds with 9.6 per game.

Megan Collins finished the year with per game averages of 13.6 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals. Her 142 assists were 11th in the state.

Riley Wallen ended the year averaging 13.0 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Kali Cummings averaged 9.7 points per game.

Shasta finished 12th in the state in 3-pointers attempted per game (26.7), 13th in 3-pointers made per game (7.5) and 11th in assists per game (17).

STANDINGS
Team GVC, Overall
Redwoods, 8-2, 20-5
Butte 8-2, 22-6
Lasse 5-5, 20-8
Siskiyous 4-6, 16-12
Feather River 3-7, 12-15
Shasta 2-8, 14-13

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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