While everyone else was beginning league play, Redding Christian girls squeezed in one more tournament. And in four days, the Lions come out of the weekend with four wins.
Talk about a confidence booster.
Redding Christian took care of business Wednesday with a non-league win over visiting Fall River in a Division VI clash before winning all three games at the East Nicolaus For the Love of the Game tournament to be named the Tri Counties Bank Girls Basketball Team of the Week.
The Lions are 7-2 over their past nine games with both losses to foes in at least two divisions higher (Willows D-IV, Eureka D-III) and really starting to hit their groove in the final “tune-up” week. Redding Christian gutted out a win over Fall River and then handled a similar East Nicolaus team 46-26 behind Aleah Matos’s 21 points.
Redding Christian routed Winters 46-20 and CORE Butte 51-25 in the final two games, allowing for the young bench consisting of mainly freshman to see valuable court time.
Even more impressive is the Lions are winning games without needing Sadie Alexander and Sammie Wunner to be dominant. Senior do-it-all Courtney Jones was the tournament MVP, continuing her average of 5 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals per game.
“She’s leading us like a quarterback,” Redding Christian coach Scott Alexander said.
Both Sadie Alexander and Wunner were named to the all-tournament team. Alexander contributed 21 points, five assists and four steals against CORE Butte and Wunner grabbed 17 rebounds in the win over East Nic.
The momentum is put to the test Tuesday when the Lions head to Los Molinos to open Five-Star League play.
“My assistant Haylee Blaylock and I continue to preach our team philosophies of effort, focus and competing,” Scott Alexander said.
Tri Counties Bank Girls Basketball Team of the Week
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