By Ray Hamill — Whether or not the College of the Redwoods women can compete for a conference championship this year remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt they’ll carry plenty of momentum into Saturday’s opener at home to Butte.
The schedule will get far tougher in the Golden Valley Conference, but the Corsairs have done a good job of consistently taking care of business through the first half of the season, and shouldn’t lack confidence after running out to an 12-3 record, including a 79-53 win at Los Positas this past weekend.
And that’s good enough to make the Corsairs this week’s Humboldt Sports Team of the Week.
Joining them on this week’s list of honorees are a pair of Del Norte basketball stars who have been lighting up the court early in the season and leading the way on their respective teams.
Senior Omar Banuelos and junior Jadence Clifton have each been nothing short of spectacular all season and should be considered early MVP candidates in the Big 5.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Del Norte Basketball, Junior
Clifton was sensational once again at the Enterprise tournament over the weekend, posting a pair of double-doubles over three days.
In three games, the Del Norte captain finished with 91 points and 33 rebounds, including a remarkable 36 points in a 47-35 win on Friday night, when she outscored the entire Corning team.
Clifton and the Warriors open league play at home to Eureka on Tuesday night.
Del Norte Basketball, Senior
In head coach Marc Slayton’s words, Banuelos is the Warriors leader on and off the court.
He certainly has led the way on an impressive Del Norte team this winter, most recently at the Fort Bragg tournament, where the Warriors won the tournament championship.
Banuelos and the Warriors are now 11-1 and will open league play at Eureka on Wednesday night.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
College of the Redwoods Women’s Basketball
Head coach Jain Tuey and the Corsairs have won 10 of their last 11 games and are now 12-3 on the season, as they get set for their conference opener at home to Butte on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
CR will carry a three-game winning streak into the GVC, and while the level of competition is about to get much tougher the Corsairs have done just about everything asked of them so far this season.
They’ve also overcome some key injuries along the way, something that will no doubt stand to them as they get healthier heading into conference play.
For more on the Corsairs’ success this year, see Impressive CR women prepare for tough conference …