GIRLS BASKETBALL — Loggers, Huskies keep rolling; Crusaders beat another Big 5 team


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Wednesday night’s game at Eureka.

By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers improved to 3-0 in girls basketball on Wednesday night, comfortably getting the better of McKinleyville 53-42.

The Loggers led by 20 at halftime, after holding the Panthers to just nine points over the opening two quarters, and went deep to their bench with nine of their 11 players scoring.

Senior Bella Vigil led the team offensively with 15 points, while sophomore Aniah Gaither impressed for the second straight game and finished with 12 points.

Melody Bareilles added seven points and Claire Maples had six.

Kathryn Tinney scored a game-high 18 points for McKinleyville, which dropped to 2-3.

Teammate Cameron Heenan added 10 points and Kayley Armstrong six.

Action from Wednesday’s game at St. Bernard’s

St. Bernard’s 65, Del Norte 52

The Crusaders started strong and never looked back on the way to knocking off a second Big 5 opponent in a week.

Led by Lele Tanuvasa and Madelyn Shanahan, the St. Bernard’s girls jumped out to a 27-8 lead just 12 minutes into the game.

Shanahan finished with a team-high 19 points, while Tanuvasa added 16 and Jessica Rutter had 11.

Sabrina Gardner also had a big game for the Crusaders, chipping in eight points.

Senior Jadence Clifton led the Warriors with a game-high 24 points and teammate Jasmine Palmerin added nine.

The loss was the first of the season for the Del Norte girls, who dropped to 3-1.

Assistant coach Dave Mather, who is in his 41st year on the sidelines, coached the St. Bernard’s girls in the absence of head coach Matt Tomlin.

The Crusaders, who also defeated McKinleyville last week, are now 2-3 on the season.

Fortuna 54, Hoopa 24

The Fortuna Huskies kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a comfortable win over the Warriors at Hoopa.

Teal Mostovoy scored a team-high 21 points in the win, as the Huskies improved to 4-0.

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