Basketball

Panthers impress at Hoopa in varsity doubleheader

File photo – The McKinleyville girls bench looks on during a game with Ferndale earlier in the week. The Panthers won at Hoopa on Friday night.

The McKinleyville boys and girls basketball teams won at Hoopa on Friday night, with the boys winning 68-42 and the girls winning 47-21.

The victory was the first of the season for the Mack boys, who took control early with their fast-paced game and never looked back, outscoring a young Warriors team in each of the four quarters.

“They came out and just kind of got to us early,” Hoopa head coach Augie Valdez said. “It was the first time we played against a team that pressed and they really took us by surprise with how well they executed the press.

“But I think we were able to adjust to it better in the second half.”
T-Ryan Stumpf continued to impress for the Panthers, scoring a game-high 19 points, as the Mack boys improved to 1-1.

Carson Parker also had a big game, finishing with 16 points, while teammate Logan Maher added eight points.

Daniel Minton led the way for the home team with 12 points, while Brendan Baldy chipped in six and Ben Hunsucker and Larry Tracy had five apiece.

“There are a lot of things we need to work on in order to improve,” said Valdez, whose team features just two seniors. “Given the long layoff and given that we only had a couple of weeks to get ready, we’ve been trying to do too much instead of focusing on the little things.

“We really need to focus on defense, focus on our press and focus on our rebounding. And I think the kids realize that.”

The opening schedule hasn’t been easy for the Warriors, who played two Big 5 opponents to open and will face Arcata on Tuesday.

“They’re three pretty good programs that are well established,” the head coach said. “But in the overall scheme, it’s good for us to play these teams.

“The foundation of Rome wasn’t built in a day and we’re just taking it day by day and trying to get better.”

Cameron Heenan led the way offensively for the Mack girls with 12 points, while Kylee Townsend finished with nine points and Ashley Alves had eight.

Taylor Cole scored a team-high 10 points for the Warriors.

With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-1, while the Hoopa girls are now 0-2.

Next up, the McKinleyville girls play at Fortuna on Monday night, while on Tuesday the two Hoopa teams host Arcata and the Mack boys host Fortuna.

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