Gardner joins 1,000-point club as Crusaders top Arcata


File photo – St. Bernard’s senior Emily Gardner, center, scored her 1,000th career point on Friday night.

St. Bernard’s senior Emily Gardner joined an exclusive club on Friday night, becoming the second local player this season to score her 1,000th career point.

The milestone came in a 58-44 win over Arcata at St. Bernard’s, the Crusaders’ third win over Big 5 opposition in the past week.

“We played well,” St. Bernard’s head coach Mark Gardner said. “We gave a really good defensive effort tonight, which I was real pleased with. And offensively we’re starting to execute better, but we’ve still got work to do.”

Emily Gardner finished with a game-high 19 points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark in her fourth year with the team.

She joins Eureka senior Makaila Napoleon, who recently scored her 1,000th career point.

“She brings experience, and she has a talent, a set of skills that are unique to the county,” the head coach said of Emily.

“We’re all proud of her.”

Gardner’s teammate Jasa Sisemore added 15 points in the win, as the Crusaders took control of the game early, opening up a double-digit lead in the first quarter,

The in-form Josie Peterson continued to impress with another big outing for the home team, finishing with 12 points, while Maddie Costa had seven points.

Kali Zanotti led the way for the Tigers and finished with 14 points, while Sophia Belton and Maddie Goley each had six points.

The loss was the fourth straight for a young Arcata team, which dropped to 6-6.

The Crusaders improved to 7-4.

Next up for St. Bernard’s is a game against Laytonville at the Fort Bragg tournament next Thursday, while the Tigers will open the West Coast Jamboree against Sir Francis Drake, also on Thursday.

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  1. Congrats to Miss Gardner and her father Mark, well deserved for hard work, dedication, desire, determination and discipline…

    Defense is key in basketball…may not score every time on offense, but great defense gives you opportunities for offense attempts…

    …when is last time St. B. ladies prevailed over Arcata in league? Seems like awhile as Arcata has been tough over the years.

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