Prep Girls Roundup — Tigers continue to grow, win Durham tournament

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Submitted photo – The Arcata Tigers celebrate their championship at the Durham tournament on Saturday.

The Arcata Tigers won for the third straight day at the Durham tournament, defeating Fall River 56-53 on Saturday to win the tournament championship.

Kali Zanotti scored a team-high 21 points in the championship game, while teammate Sophia Belton added 11 points.

Belton was named tournament MVP, and stepped up big late in the game for the Tigers, nailing seven of eight free throws down the stretch to help seal the narrow win.

“Kali had a tremendous tournament and so did Sophia Belton,” Arcata head coach Doug Oliveira said. “Their senior leadership was huge.”

On Friday, the Tigers defeated Central Valley 63-50.

“I’m pleased. It was a good tournament win for us. A good weekend,” Oliveira said. “We’ve got to get ready now to play a little higher level of competition.”

The Tigers, who improved to 5-2 on the season, will play at the Red Bluff tournament next week.

Fortuna 56, Justin-Siena 34

The Huskies bounced right back from a heartbreaking loss on Friday night, defeating Justin-Siena by 22 points on Saturday at the Healdsburg tournament.

Junior Charlotte Carroll scored 18 points for the Huskies, who improved to 3-3 on the season and took third at the tournament.

On Friday, the Huskies lost a close one to Kelseyville, 50-49, with senior Camrin Dolcini scoring a team-high 14 points.

Dolcini capped a big weekend by earning tourney MVP honors.

McKinleyville 53, Middletown 30

The Panthers won their second straight game at the Corning tournament in Redding on Saturday, closing out 2-1 for the second straight weekend.

Rian Heenan led the way with 11 points and nine rebounds, while teammate Hailee Henry finished with 10 points and an impressive eight blocked shots.

Head coach Tony McClure described it as “another great team effort,” as the Mack girls improved to 4-2 on the season.

Rayn Tripp was named all-tournament.

St. Bernard’s 43, Rincon Valley Christian 24

The Crusaders closed out the Cloverdale tournament with a victory over a short-handed RVC team on Saturday.

After dropping their opening two games at the tournament, the St. Bernard’s girls got a boost with the win, improving to 3-3 on the season.

Shelby Jordan led the way for the Crusaders, finishing with 11 points, while teammate Emily Gardner had nine points.

The Crusaders took control of the game quickly, holding RVC to just two points in the first quarter.

Jasa Sisemore and Marayah Tomlinson each finished with seven points in the win, with Tomlinson stepping up late snd scoring five of her tally in the fourth quarter,

“I was very pleased with our 32 minutes of effort,” St. Bernard’s head coach Mark Gardner said. “We played much harder.”

The Crusaders play at the McKinleyville tournament next week.

Del Norte 56, Napa 33

The Warriors posted an impressive win over the Division-I Napa at the Windsor tournament on Saturday, closing out 2-1.

The Del Norte girls dropped their opener 43-38 to Montgomery on Thursday, before rebounding with a 54-16 win over Rincon Valley Christian on Friday.

With Saturday’s win, the Warriors improve to 6-1 on the season.

Hoopa Valley 69, Round Valley 33

Hoopa Valley 73, South Fork 43

The Warriors won a pair of games at the Gene Cotter Memorial Tournament at South Fork on Saturday, closing out tourney play at 3-1.

Alexia Jackson and Beyonce Bussell again led the way for the Warriors, with Jackson scoring 36 over the two games and Bussell adding 30.

A pair of freshmen brought up specially for the occasion — Taylor Cole and Savanah Ray — each had a big impact, with Cole scoring 14 in the second game.

On Friday, the Warriors defeated Drew and lost to Laytonville.

Hoopa Valley is now 3-6 on the season after opening against several bigger schools.

Eureka 53, Placer 51

After opening the season with five straight wins, the Loggers have now dropped two straight, falling to Placer 53-51 at the Harlan Carter Tournament in Redding.

Carly Boynton and Makaila Napoleon were each named all-tournament for Eureka.

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