Crusaders, Wildcats form a winning combination

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Submitted photo – The St. Bernard’s and Ferndale varsity and JV teams pictured at Thursday night’s fundraiser for cancer research.

The St. Bernard’s girls cruised to a 57-21 win at Ferndale in girls basketball on Thursday night, but the real winner was the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The two programs combined to hold a fundraiser for the foundation around the game, raising money through ticket and t-shirt sales, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and a half-court shot competition at halftime of the varsity game.

And all funds raised will go to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. 

The Crusaders, who have not lost a Little 4 game since 2014, were tested in the opening quarter and the score was tied heading into the second period.

The visitors quickly took control of the game after that, however, outscoring the Wildcats 24-5 for the period to open up a 19-point lead at halftime.

Saulele Tanuvasa scored a game-high 18 points in the win, as the Crusaders improved to 2-0 in the Little 4 and 13-5 overall.

Teammate Josie Peterson also had a big game with 14 points, while Shelby Jordan finished with 14 points and Amelia Francis with six.

For the Wildcats, who are now 1-1 in conference, senior captain Brianna Brazil scored a team-high six points, while Natalie Guerrero scored five and Mady Beddow four.

Next up on Tuesday, St. Bernard’s will host South Fork, while Ferndale hosts Hoopa.

Ferndale won Thursday night’s JV game.

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