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‘Night and day’ Warriors hand Loggers a first loss

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File photo – Del Norte’s Anyessa Bettega in action at St Bernard’s on Wednesday. Bettega had a big performance in Thursday’s win at Eureka.

One night after suffering their first loss of the season at St. Bernard’s, the Del Norte girls traveled to Eureka again on Thursday and came away with a very different result.

With a strong overall team performance, the Warriors knocked off previously unbeaten Eureka, 55-50, in H-DNL basketball.

“Our whole team played excellent,” head coach Justin Clifton said. “It was night and day from (Wednesday).”

Senior standout Jadence Clifton had a big game in the win, but she wasn’t alone, with several of her teammates turning in some of their best performances of the season.

Clifton finished with a game-high 28 points, as well as 12 rebounds, nine assists and six steals, while Molly Slayton added 14 points and six rebounds.

Lily Wilson also had six points and six rebounds, while freshman Anyessa Bettega stepped up with five points and five steals and also nailed two crucial late free throws.

“I’m extremely proud of Anyessa Bettega,” Justin Clifton said. “She was cool and smooth. You would have thought she was a senior out there.

“Lily Wilson had a tremendous night on their big girl. She shut her down. In the time I’ve been coaching her, that’s the best she’s played hands down.”

With the win, the Warriors improved to 4-1.

The Loggers, who dropped to 3-1, trailed by 13 going into the fourth quarter before making a late run.

Poor perimeter shooting, however, proved costly.

Kira Morris led the way offensively with a team-high 12 points, while Bella Vigil added 11 points and Aniah Gaither eight.

Melody Bareilles chipped in six points and Calire Maples five.

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