By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers left it late on Thursday, overcoming a poor night shooting with a big finish on the way to defeating St. Bernard’s 46-41 in the Dick Niclai semifinal.
Junior Bella Vigil was instrumental in the late rally, as the Eureka girls outscored the Crusaders 25-12 over the final 11 minutes of the game, and overcame a four-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The win sets up a Niclai championship showdown against Big 5 rival Fortuna at HSU’s Lumberjack Arena on Friday night.
Vigil, who along with many of her teammates played outstanding defense all night, had a slow start to the game offensively, failing to find her touch for the opening three quarters of the game.
The junior standout, however, stepped up at crunch time when her team needed it the most, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a couple of huge 3-pointers to help keep the Crusaders at bay.
Check out the fourth-quarter Eureka highlights from an intense and physical game between these two Eureka City rivals, including Vigil’s two big 3-pointers, and another from the ever-dangerous Sophia Chalmers, on an assist from Vigil.
Carly Boynton also had a huge third quarter for the Eureka girls, helping to kickstart the second-half rally.
Friday’s championship game is set for 6 p.m.
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