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VIDEO — Heenan, Tripp lead the Panthers back from the brink

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – McKinleyville’s Cameron Heenan in action against Eureka on Wednesday night.

By Ray Hamill — The McKinleyville Panthers are not done just yet.

A week ago it appeared as if their chances of securing a place in either the Dick Niclai tournament or the North Coast Section playoffs were done after another disappointing loss to Arcata.

But with three wins in four games since then, the Mack girls are right back in the mix for both, and they suddenly have everything to play for in their regular-season finale at home to Del Norte on Friday.

Check out some of the fourth-quarter highlights here, as Cameron Heenan began to take over

Senior night should be a wonderful occasion, especially knowing that a win could leave them in a three-way tie for third in the final Big 5 standings, provided high-flying Fortuna takes care of Arcata.

And the seniors can thank at least one junior for helping to keep their season alive.

Cameron Heenan has been outstanding in the recent run, lifting an already impressive game to loftier heights.

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Rayn Tripp

In Wednesday’s win, Heenan finished with 14 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter, as well as 10 rebounds and five steals.

“She knew she had a matchup she could take to the rim, and she did,” McKinleyville head coach Tony McClure said.

Rayn Tripp also was outstanding in the win, finishing with a game-high 21 points and setting the early tone with eight points in the first quarter, as the Panthers established a lead they would not relinquish.

Hailee Henry also had a big night with some outstanding defense late in the game.

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