Short-handed Loggers beat crosstown rivals

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By Ray Hamill — A short-handed Eureka team comfortably took care of business against crosstown rivals St. Bernard’s in girls basketball on Saturday night.

With several of the team’s top ball handlers all unavailable for the game, including the injured Makenna Beach, Amaya Gee started at point guard and didn’t disappoint in a 51-38 victory.

“I was very proud of how Amaya played,” head coach Michael Harvey said. “She was Beach-esque. She handled the ball with amazing grace and did a great job controlling tempo for us.”

Fellow sophomore Claire Maples continued her outstanding spring and has made the switch from softball to the basketball court seamlessly.

Maples scored a game-high 16 points, as the Loggers quickly took control of the game against a young St. Bernard’s team to lead 30-13 at halftime.

“I was really impressed with the girls’ effort and the energy they had on the court tonight,” Harvey said.

Bella Vigil added 10 points in the win, while Melody Bareilles and Aniah Gaither each had nine points and Ellie Pesch five.

Lele Tanuvasa led the way offensively for the Crusaders with 15 points, while Madelyn Shanahan finished with 13 and Emma Wilson five.

With the win, the Loggers go to 2-0 on the young season, while the Crusaders are now 1-2.

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