Basketball

Perseverance pays off as Wildcats knock off the Huskies

It wasn’t the Milk Can but it was a pretty impressive win for the Ferndale Wildcats all the same.

On Tuesday night, the Cats got their first victory of the season in boys basketball, knocking off close rivals Fortuna, 61-54.

Emmitt Albee led the way for the short-handed Cats, who were missing several seniors competing in rodeo down south and had just seven players on hand, including two sophomores and a freshman pulled up from the JVs.

Albee, who has been a consistent threat for the Wildcats all season, finished with a game-high 20 points.

The victory was the team’s first in six games, although the Ferndale boys have been playing some of their opponents close despite their record.

“We’ve been playing pretty tough, we just haven’t shot really well,” head coach Dan Albee said. “In the second half we got a few shots to fall.”

Despite their troubles this season, the Ferndale players have never lost their composure and have continued to battle through the adversity.

“I like their toughness,” Dan Albee said. “They work hard the entire game.”

Freshman Aaiden Burris added 11 points in the win, while senior teammate Javier Lopez chipped in 10.

Fortuna was led by Bo Cox, who had 13 points, while Branson Gans finished with nine points and Jaden Kelley eight.

Despite having some of their players playing varsity, the Ferndale JVs also got the better of the Huskies, winning 56-49.

Next up on Thursday, Fortuna hosts Del Norte and Ferndale plays at Eureka.

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