Based on the slow start between the Foothill and Shasta boys on Tuesday, the teams might’ve benefited from the “Hello, my name is ________” stickers on the front of their uniforms.
The host Cougars were without any varsity starter and the Wolves were folding two football players into their starting lineup. By the time Shasta (1-1) got its bearings, the visitors were too deep for the seven-man Foothill rotation in a 55-41 Wolves’ win.
James Weaver, one of the Shasta football players, scored a game-high 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers including a trio in the third quarter. Junior Levi Moran paced Foothill with 11 points as football player Garrison Sisneros added 10 and sophomore Hudson Edwards, brother of Hunter Edwards, pitched in with nine.
The lack of practice and continuity showed early as Foothill jumped to a 12-4 lead after the first period. The Wolves were 1-of-11 from the field and, after opening the game with a Sisneros 3-pointer, the Cougars cooled a bit to hit on 5-of-13 from the field.
The Wolves would find their rhythm in the second quarter, opening the frame of a 7-0 run before Moran’s triple. Shasta would pull even at 17 with 3 minutes in the half as Tyler Dutro hit on the back end of two free throws. After Jarius Mast, another football crossover, tied the game at 20 for the Cougars, Shasta ended the half on a 6-0 run as Jacob Singleton hit two buckets in the paint and Dutro buried two freebies.
Joel Crandall drained a 3-ball three minutes into the third quarter, but Weaver answered a minute later with the first of his three treys in the period. His final shot from range boosted the Wolves’ lead to 42-31 before Lucas Troncale’s give-and-go bucket cut the lead to nine heading into the final frame.
Foothill cut the lead to five at 44-39 and 46-41 with just over three to play, but a fast break outlet from Jacob Merrill to Singleton for an easy deuce and an old-fashioned 3-point play from Weaver salted the game away.
In addition to Weaver’s 20 points, Singleton scored 12, while Merrill, Layton Dunlap and Dutro each added five.