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PREP GIRLS ROUNDUP — Loggers bring defensive intensity in tourney loss

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File photo – Eureka’s Kellina Pratton

The Eureka Loggers saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end in the championship game of the Lincoln tournament on Saturday afternoon, falling 37-27 to Cappuccino.

Malia Guilbert scored a team-high eight points in this defensive battle, as Eureka dropped to 8-2.

But it wasn’t all bad.

“Honestly, I think our girls played their best game of the year tonight,” Eureka head coach Michael Harvey said. “Our defensive intensity was incredible.”

Particularly on the boards.

“We out-rebounded them and they had two girls who were 6-foot,” Harvey added. “It’s all about effort and they gave incredible effort tonight.”

Guilbert and Sophia Chalmers were each named all-tournament.

Carly Boynton added five points in the loss, while Chalmers and Kellina Pratton each finished with four points.

The Loggers will play at the McKinleyville tournament next weekend.

St. Bernard’s 63, Ygnacio Valley 54

Freshman Saulele Tanuvasa led the way for the Crusaders on Saturday, as they posted a victory over a Division-IV team that will stand to them when it comes around to the NCS playoffs seedings.

Tanuvasa finished with a game-high 28 points in the win, earning Player of the Game honors in this “Grind for Title IX” showcase event.

Fa’apisa Fonoti also had a big game, finishing with 10 points in what head coach Mark Gardner described as a “crazy, fast-paced, hectic game,” while Josie Peterson and Mackenzie Finck each had six points.

The 7-1 Crusaders will return home for a Tuesday game with Laytonville, the only team to have beaten them this season.

The St. Bernard’s girls will also play at the McKinleyville tournament later in the week.

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