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PREP GIRLS ROUNDUP — Crusaders, Loggers continue to impress

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Submitted photo – The St. Bernard’s players on their visit to Stanford on Friday, where they got to meet legendary head coach Tara VanDerveer.

The Eureka girls are one win away from defending their Lincoln tournament title after beating the host school 43-35 on Friday night to advance to the championship game.

The win was the team’s seventh straight, as the Loggers improved to 8-1.

Malia Guilbert paced the Eureka girls offensively with 15 points, while Sophia Chalmers finished with 15 points and Carly Boynton six.

The Loggers pulled away in the second half to break open a 20-20 tie at the interval, and held Lincoln to just 15 second-half points.

Bella Vigil and McKenna Beach each had five points in the win.

St. Bernard’s 50, Sonoma Academy 31

The Crusaders outscored Sonoma Academy in all four quarters on the way to their second win over the Coyotes in a week.

And SB freshman Saulele Tanuvasa continued her remarkable start to her high school career with a team-high 20 points in the win.

With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 6-1.

Mackenzie Finck also had a big day in what was a balanced team performance, finishing with nine points, while Josie Peterson had eight points.

The St. Bernard’s girls will play Ygnacia Valley in the “Grind for Title IX” showcase at noon on Saturday.

Earlier in the day the team visited Stanford and met with legendary women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team is No. 1 in the country right now.

The trip was arranged by assistant coach Cliff Hart.

Fortuna 41, St. Mary’s 53

The Huskies played a tough St. Mary’s team on the second day of the Healdsburg tournament on Friday, suffering their first loss of the season.

McKenzie Emmons and Moncerrat Bernal each finished with a team-high nine points for the Huskies, who dropped to 6-1.

“Fortuna played hard, but St. Mary’s was just too tough tonight,” Huskies head coach Scott Betts said. 

Gracie Betts added six points in the loss and Charlotte Carroll five.

“I’m really proud of how hard the girls played,” the head coach said.

The Huskies will play for third place at the tournament on Saturday.

McKinleyville 54, Napa 56

The Panthers lost yet another close game on Friday, falling for the second straight day at the Windsor tournament.

With the loss, the Mack girls are now 1-5 on the season, but all five of their losses have been close, including three of them by three points or less.

This game, however, is one they should have won after opening up a 38-20 lead at halftime.

“Too many mental mistakes in the fourth quarter fueled a Napa comeback,” McKinleyville head coach Tony McClure said.

It didn’t help that one of their team leaders was missing, after Rayn Tripp dislocated a finger late in Thursday’s tournament opener.

Rian Heenan paced the Panthers with 14 points in the loss, while younger sister Cameron Heenan also had a big game with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Panthers came close to sneaking a win with a late 3-pointer, but missed, and were also unable to get the put-back.

They will close out tournament play against Amador Valley at noon on Saturday.

South Fork 47, California School for the Deaf 33

The Cubs advanced to Saturday’s championship game at the California School for the Deaf tournament with a victory over the host team on Friday.

Kaylee Cotter led South Fork with 12 points, while Kaylie Valk, Macy Yarbrough and Michaela Mcmahan each finished with nine points.

Mcmahan had her best game of the young season in the win, adding seven rebounds and a pair of steals.

According to head coach Chris Contreras, it was “another great team effort,” as it has been all season so far for the deep Cubs, with all nine players contributing.

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