By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers got a much-needed win on the basketball court on Tuesday night, getting the better of McKinleyville 62-50 in the opening round of the Dick Niclai tournament.
The win sets up a semifinal showdown at St. Bernard’s on Thursday night, and more importantly was a nice way to open the postseason after a disappointing couple of weeks.
And the Loggers can thank their bench for giving them a spark in more ways than one.
Juniors Bella Vigil and Keylei Carroll each made a rare start as head coach Michael Harvey went to a smaller, quicker lineup in an effort to contain the Panthers’ dangerous half-court offense.
“I was really pleased on defense with how well not only Bella played, but also Keylei and McKenna Beach,” Harvey added.
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And they weren’t the only ones to contribute.
“We called up three JVs and they added a lot of positive energy on the bench all game long,” the head coach said.
Both teams played with a lot of energy and intensity, with senior guard Hope Kibby also influential for the visitors at both ends of the court.
Thursday’s game is set for 7 p.m.
For more on Tuesday’s game, see Loggers stop surging Panthers to set up showdown at St. Bernard’s …