Shasta College women to host state playoff game Wednesday

Shasta College’s women’s basketball team earned a trip to the CCCAA state tournament. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

The California Community College Athletic Association released the bracket for the Women’s Basketball State Tournament and Shasta College is seeded 16th and hosts a play-in game on Wednesday against No. 17 Mission of Santa Clara at 7 p.m.

Shasta College lost the final two games of the regular season against College of the Siskiyous (#10 seed) and Lassen College (#18 seed) to finish second in the Golden Valley Conference. The Knights qualified for the state tournament as an at-large team due to the strength of schedule and ranking points, head coach Jerry Brown said. All Shasta College coverage is provided by Sierra Pacific Industries.

The Knights are 14-11 and rank eighth in the state with the least turnovers per game (8.8), ninth in 3-point percentage (32.5), 13th in 3-pointers made per game (7.2) and 16th in assists (16.2). Shasta has four players that average in double figures: sophomores Kayla Bonomini (14.8), Mari Fernandez (13.0) and Jordan Martinez (10.5), and freshman Justyse Cooper (12.2).

Mission finished the regular season 16-10, scoring 90 points or more in each of its final four victories and surpassing 100 points in three straight. Mission is sixth in the state in scoring (82.6 PPG), first in field goal attempts per game (84.0), first in steals per game (17.7) and seventh in 3-pointers made per game (8.3).

“They have a history of playing up-tempo and pressing a lot,” Shasta College coach Jerry Brown said.

Five players average at last nine points per contest with Maya Austin leading the way with 16.3, followed by Alayah Bell (13.4) and Serena Smith (11.6).

The winner of the Shasta College-Mission game plays at No. 1 Diablo Valley on Saturday in the Northern California Regional Quarterfinals.

Tenth-seeded College of the Siskiyous plays at No. 7 Cabrillo College and No. 18 Lassen plays the other play-in game against No. 15 Santa Rosa Junior College with the winner taking on No. 2 Merced.