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Eureka girls save the best for last

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By Ray Hamill — The Eureka girls saved the best for last on the basketball court this past winter, pulling out a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Fortuna Huskies in the Dick Niclai Championship game.

The showdown at Lumberjack Arena was an occasion that won’t easily be forgotten by Loggers fans, with the program claiming its first Niclai title in 16 years.

And the manner in which it was achieved was good enough to earn the team the Biggest Upset of the Year award at this year’s annual Logger ESPYs.

The Eureka girls battled back from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to seal a 38-37 win over a Fortuna team that had beaten them twice on the way to winning the Big 5.

The Loggers had trailed by double-digits in the fourth quarter.

“Their comeback in the biggest game in the season was epic, and their resolve to fight through adversity was paramount to us coming back to win,” Eureka head coach Michael Harvey said. “I’m proud of their effort and focus to finish the way they did.”

Check out video highlights of the improbable comeback here, and for more on the game see Eureka girls dig deep to claim Niclai title …

“We had two single-digit losses to Fortuna (in league). We were close in both,” Harvey said.  “It’s tough to win three in a row.”

The award was announced on Sunday as part of the ongoing Logger ESPYs, which have taken on a new format this season due to COVID-19, with awards being handed out daily over a nine-day period.

The Logger ESPYs honor the Eureka senior student athletes and are voted on by senior athletes and coaches.

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