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PREP GIRLS ROUNDUP — Huskies, Panthers advance to tourney championship

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File photo – McKinleyville’s Cameron Heenan

A pair of local teams will compete for the Lady Panther Classic championship on Saturday afternoon, after each won their semifinal matchups on a very entertaining day of action on Friday.

McKinleyville got the better of Brookings 58-52, while Fortuna took full advantage of a big first quarter on the way to beating Yreka 55-39.

Also in action on Friday, Eureka overcame an 11-point deficit to beat St. Bernard’s 56-48 in overtime, while Hoopa fell 55-32 to Redding Christian.

Saturday’s championship game is set for 3:30 p.m.

For more on the Eureka girls’ win, see Loggers come alive in OT to top crosstown rivals …

Fortuna 55, Yreka 39

The Huskies won with more than just defense this time around.

The Fortuna girls, who have succeeded with some stellar defense this season, added some offense to the mix on Friday night, as they got the better of Yreka by a score of 55-39 to advance to Saturday’s Lady Panther Classic championship game.

The Huskies took control of the game with a big first quarter and never looked back, opening up a 24-6 early lead.

Charlotte Carroll paced the Fortuna offense with a team-best 13 points, while teammate McKenzie Emmons continued her impressive start to the season with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Morgan Murray added 10 points and Gracie Betts nine, as the Huskies improved to 9-1.

Fortuna’s defense again played a big part in the win, as Yreka managed just six points in each of the opening two quarters.

McKinleyville 58, Brookings 52

After a frustrating start to the season, the Panthers appear to be building some momentum, posting a second straight win to progress to the tournament championship game.

Hailee Henry paced the Panthers offensively with 15 points, while Cameron Heenan had 11 points and Kylee Townsend finished with 10.

With the win, the Panthers are now 3-6 on the season and finding their feet after a number of close losses over the first few weeks.

Freshman Trinity Preston, who is enjoying a big tournament, added seven points in the win, as did senior leader Rian Heenan.

Redding Christian 55, Hoopa 32

Junior K-Lynn Dowd-Swanson led the way offensively with 10 points, as the Warriors dropped a second straight game at the Lady Panther Classic on Friday.

Carina Peterson added eight points in the loss, while teammate Naschewen Hunsucker finished with six points.

In Thursday’s loss to McKinleyville, Beyonce Bussell scored a team-high six points, while Jada McCovey and Dawn Latham each finished with five points.

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