Both St. Bernard’s basketball teams tipped off their post-Christmas schedule with a win on Thursday morning at the Fort Bragg tournament.
The boys defeated Kelseyville 48-40, while the girls got the better of Laytonville 56-36.
Also in action on Thursday, the Fortuna boys stretched their winning streak to 13 straight with a second win in two days at the Windsor tournament.
The Eureka girls and Hoopa boys each also won at their respective tournaments in the Bay Area.
St. Bernard’s 48, Kelseyville 40
The Crusaders showcased their depth with an eight-point win over Kelseyville.
With the Knights focusing their attention on St. Bernard’s junior Lane Thrap, several other players took advantage of the opportunity, including Will Omey who had some key plays at the end to help seal the win.
Thrap still finished with a team-high 16 points, with Omey scoring 12.
With the win, the Crusaders improved to 5-3, while the Knights dropped to 2-9.
Fortuna 65, Amador Valley 53
The Huskies came through their toughest test of the season with another comfortable victory on Thursday, defeating Amador Valley by 12 points.
The Dons are ranked No. 56 in the state, the highest ranked opponent Fortuna has faced this year, but the No. 27 Huskies won the clash at the Windsor tournament to improve to 13-0 on the season.
Drew Gillette scored a team-high 22 points in the win, while Bradley Willis scored 18 and Donald Willis 12.
Zac Claus finished the game with 11 assists.
The Huskies continue tournament play on Friday, playing Menlo-Atherton in the championship game at 6 p.m.
Hoopa Valley 73, Envision Academy 41
The Warriors opened the Head-Royce tournament in Oakland with a comfortable win over Envision Academy out of Oakland.
George Navarro led Hoopa with 27 points, with teammates Dennis Young scoring 17 and Shaun Navarro 11.
“We didn’t play our best game, but we handled them pretty well,” Hoopa assistant coach Tyler Mitchell said.
Leading by 12 at halftime, the Warriors pulled away in the third quarter to end the game as a contest.
The Hoopa boys will continue tournament play on Friday.
Arcata 36, Redmond 57
The Arcata boys fell to Redmond of Washington on the second day of the Marin Catholic tournament, dropping to 1-1 at the tourney and 6-7 on the season.
Niko Zambas led Arcata with eight points, while Garrett Hall finished with six.
The Tigers will continue tournament play on Friday against Martin Luther King at 5 p.m.
St. Bernard’s 56, Laytonville 36
The Crusaders picked up right where they left off before Christmas, comfortably taking care of business and improving to 8-4.
Jasa Sisemore had another big outing for the St. Bernard’s girls, finishing with a team-high 19 points, including a 5-of-6 effort from the free-throw line in the opening half.
Emily Gardner also had a big game in the win, finishing with 12 points, while teammates Mackenzie Finck and Maddie Costa each finished with six points.
The Crusaders took control of the game in the second quarter.
Trailing by two going into the period, St. Bernard’s outscored Laytonville 19-4 to open up a 13-point lead going into halftime.
The Crusaders continue tournament play on Friday.
Eureka 69, Castro Valley 54
The Loggers opened the West Coast Jamboree with a 15-point victory over Division-I Castro Valley on Friday evening.
Makaila Napoleon continued to impress with a team-high 21 points in the win, while teammate Karyn Jensen finished with 13 points and Dorshaela Wesson 12.
With the win the Loggers improved to 9-2 while Castro Valley dropped to 5-7.
Eureka continues tournament play on Friday against Sequoia (8-2) out of Redwood City at 6 p.m.
Also in West Coast Jamboree action on Thursday, the Fortuna girls lost 51-37 to Alhambra.
McKinleyville 69, Orestimba 32
The Panthers won for the second straight day at the Tracy tournament, overcoming a slow start with another strong team performance.
McKinleyville trailed 11-9 after the opening quarter, but quickly pulled away after that, cruising to their 10th win of the year, with 22 team assists.
Cameron Heenan continued her impressive start to the season with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, while Rayn Tripp finished with 12 points and Mikayla Minton 10.
“We did a good job of moving the ball and getting good looks,” said McKinleyville head coach Tony McClure, whose team improved to 10-3.
The Panthers will play Division-I Silver Creek, out of San Jose, in the tournament semifinals on Friday.
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Way to go Crusaders. You guys and gals did a great job. Congratulations!