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PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Huskies win again in OT

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File photo – Fortuna’s McKenzie Emmons

The Fortuna girls remained red-hot with a second overtime win in two days at the Las Plumas Tournament, defeating Oroville 34-30 on Friday.

The win was the seventh straight for the Huskies, who are now 13-1 on the season.

And once again they can thank their defense, as they held their opponents to an average of less than eight points a quarter.

“It was a rough shooting night but the girls played great defense,” head coach Scott Betts said.

Senior guard McKenzie Emmons was instrumental in the win, finishing with a team-high 13 points, while Charlotte Carroll continued her impressive tournament with seven points and Gracie Betts finished with six points.

The Huskies will play for their third tournament championship of the season on Saturday.

Eureka 54, Dixon 46

The Loggers quickly returned to winning ways with an eight-point win over Dixon at the Liberty Stonebarger Tournament on Friday night.

Malia Guilbert scored 18 points to pace the Loggers, including eight in the third quarter, while Sophia Chalmers got the night off to a flying start with 12 of her 15 points in the opening quarter.

The Eureka girls, who had dropped their tournament opener on Thursday, improved to 12-4 with the win.

Carly Boynton also had a big game for Eureka, finishing with 10 points, while Bella Vigil was clutch late in the game, scoring all five of her points in the fourth as the Loggers held off their opponents.

McKinleyville 41, St. Francis 68

The Panthers lost to a quality St. Francis team out of Sacramento to open play at the Lady Pirates New Year’s Shootout in Pittsburgh on Friday.

The short-handed Panthers, who have just six varsity players on hand for their three-game weekend road trip, were led by Hailee Henry, who finished with 17 points.

Trinity Preston added eight points and Cameron Heenan six.

The St. Francis girls took control of the game in the second quarter, holding the Panthers to just four points for the period, but the Mack girls played tough in the second half.

“They’re a legit team,” McKinleyville head coach Tony McClure said of St. Francis. “But I thought we played well. We played better today than yesterday.”

Morgan Stubbs was called up from the JV team to bolster the varsity roster and had an immediate impact off the bench, finishing with five rebounds and two points.

“It was a fast-paced game,” McClure said. “It was one of those games where we gave it our all.”

The Panthers (4-8) close out the two-day showcase event against Eastside Prep on Saturday.

Del Norte 47, Corning 35

One day after falling to Foothill at the Enterprise tournament, the Warriors bounced back to beat Corning on Friday.

Jadence Clifton continued her outstanding season with 36 points, more than the entire Corning team, as well as adding nine rebounds and three assists.

It wasn’t the only difference.

“We played a lot better defense today,” head coach Justin Clifton said.

Selene Ledezma also had a big game for the Warriors, finishing with six steals and five rebounds, while freshman Lily Wilson added five rebounds and four points.

Olivia Stilwell scored five points for the Warriors, who are now 9-4.

Del Norte closes out tournament play against the host school on Saturday at noon.

BOYS

Fortuna 52, Anderson 55

The Huskies lost by just three points on day two at the Corning Shootout on Friday, dropping to 1-1 at the three-day tournament.

Angel Ornelas had a big game for Fortuna, finishing with 15 points.

With the loss, the Huskies are now 6-8.

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