Prep Girls Roundup — Eureka girls continue to roll

The Eureka girls continued their fast start to the season with a 52-37 win over Shasta at the Harlan Carter Tournament in Redding on Thursday evening.

Makaila Napoleon scored a team-high 19 points in the win, as the Eureka girls improved to 5-0 on the season.

The Loggers have now won all five games by double digits, and their average margin of victory is more than 19 points.

Paige Lyons added 13 points for the Loggers, who will continue tournament play against either Enterprise at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Shasta dropped to 1-4.

Arcata 54, Lower Lake 45, OT

The Arcata girls opened the Trojan Classic at Durham with a nine-point overtime win over Lower Lake.

The Tigers shot poorly early in the game, and, in head coach Doug Oliveira’s words, looked like a team that had just spent five hours on a bus.

“We shot the ball really horribly in the first half,” the head coach said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team dominate as much as we did and be down 18-13 at the half.”

The Tigers came out the stronger of the two teams in the second half and quickly began to assert themselves, but a late rally by the Trojans saw them re-take the lead.

Jocelyn Bliven hit a late free throw to force overtime, and the Arcata girls quickly took control of the extra period with back-to-back 3-pointers to open up.

Kali Zanotti scored 12 points to pace the Tigers, who outscored the Trojans 15-6 in OT.

Sophia Belton added 10 points in the win and teammate Raja Cohen nine.

The Tigers ended a two-game losing skid with the win and improved to 3-2.

McKinleyville 32, University Prep 36

McKinleyville came up just short in a defensive game at the Corning tournament in Redding on Thursday.

Rayn Tripp scored a team-high 17 points for Mack, which dropped to 2-2.

According to head coach Tony McClure, his players played some great press defense, but were unable to convert enough of their chances.

St. Bernard’s 29, Vanden 63

The Crusaders opened the Cloverdale tournament with a tough loss to Vanden HS out of Fairfield.

The Vikings took control early, opening up a 23-7 lead by the end of the opening quarter and holding the Crusaders to single digits in scoring in each of the four quarters.

Emily Gardner led St. Bernard’s with 11 points, while teammate Jasa Sisemore added nine.

Despite the loss, head coach Mark Gardner said he was pleased with his players’ ability to adjust to the Vikings’ pressure and score some points.

The Crusaders, who dropped to 2-2, will continue tournament play on Friday against Napa, a Division-I program.

Fortuna 59, El Molino 39

The Fortuna girls opened the Healdsburg tournament with a 20-point win over El Molino on Thursday.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies, who improved to 2-2 on the young season.

Senior Camrin Dolcini led Fortuna with 16 points.

El Molino dropped to 2-6.

The Huskies continue tournament play on Friday at 7 p.m.

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