BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Huskies, Warriors set up big midweek showdown


File photo – Fortuna head coach Scott Betts talks to his players during a recent game.

The Fortuna girls continued their winning ways on Monday, getting the better of a competitive Ferndale team to set up a big showdown against Big 5 rivals Del Norte on Wednesday.

The Huskies pulled away late, outscoring the Wildcats 14-9 in the final quarter to seal a 50-40 victory.

With the win the Huskies improved to 6-0, giving them the best record of any team on the North Coast this season.

The Del Norte Warriors also won on Monday, defeating McKinleyville 65-38 and improving to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 against Big 5 teams.

Del Norte plays at Fortuna on Wednesday night in a showdown between two teams unbeaten in the Big 5.

Isobel Crosswhite impressed again for Fortuna, finishing with 18 points, while teammates Gracie Betts added 11 and Teal Mostovoy 10.

Kyla Albee scored a team-high 18 points for the Wildcats, who are now 3-3 and have matched up well against Big 5 teams this season.

Del Norte 65, McKinleyville 38

Jadence Clifton scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Warriors to their fifth win of the season.

Clifton, who will play at Humboldt State next year, also had 12 rebounds, nine steals, six assists and five blocks.

Molly Slayton added nine points in the win, with Anyessa Bettega chipping in eight points and Lily Wilson seven.

Allie Egbert scored a team-high nine points for the Panthers, while teammate Cameron Heenan added six.

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 2-5.

Eureka 76, Hoopa 33

The Loggers put a two-game losing streak behind them with a big win over the Warriors, with all 10 players scoring as head coach Michael Harvey went deep to his bench.

Bella Vigil scored a game-high 17 points to lead the way offensively for the Eureka girls, while teammate Aniah Gaither continued to impress with 12 points.

Payton Goodman added nine points, while Amaya Watson and Claire Maples finished with seven each and Ellie Pesch had six.

Taylor Cole continued her big season for Hoopa with a team-high 11 points, while K-Lynn Dowd and Tatianna Colegrove had eight points each.


Eureka 85, Hoopa 50

Caden Vance scored a game-high 34 points on Monday as the Loggers ended a four-game losing streak with a big win over the Warriors.

Evan Hodges also had a big night in the win, scoring 15, as the Loggers improved to 2-5.

Brendan Baldy scored nine for Hoopa and Daniel Minton chipped in seven.

Despite the loss, Hoopa head coach Augie Valdez says his team is progressing.

“It was probably our best game we’ve played all year,” the coach said. “We had a really good second half.”

Valdez also praised the play of Andrew Hunsucker, Elijah Glidewell and Larry Tracy, with the latter two giving the team a spark off the bench.

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