Basketball

Big week for two former Eureka Loggers 

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Photo by William Jessup University Athletics – Bobbie Purify in action earlier this season for William Jessup.

By Ray Hamill — It was a big week on the basketball court for two former Eureka Loggers.

On Sunday, the day before the Alabama Crimson Tide won the national football championship, Alana Busby-Dunphy took the court for the Tide’s women’s basketball team, making her Division-I debut.

The 2018 Eureka High graduate made a brief appearance in an 80-56 win over Vanderbilt, as the Tide improved to 10-1.

Next up, the Tide play at No. 14 Mississippi State on Thursday.

Busby-Dunphy is a sophomore forward who transferred to Alabama after playing last winter for Dodge City Community College in Kansas.

Also in action this week, Eureka’s Bobbie Purify came off the bench to score nine points for William Jessup University in an 80-49 win over Simpson College in Redding.

Purify played just seven minutes, but matched her season-high in points on 4-for-4 shooting, as the Warriors improved to 3-6 on the season.

Purify and William Jessup will be back in action on Friday at Arizona Christian University.

The senior guard has started eight of the Warriors’ nine games this season and is averaging 5.7 points a game.

Purify spent two seasons playing at College of the Redwoods, and her former Corsairs teammate, Bree Northern (Arcata High), is red-shirting this season at Simpson College.

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