Loggers hold on to edge the Wildcats in exciting finish


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By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers won their third straight game in H-DNL girls basketball on Thursday night, but the Ferndale Wildcats gave them everything they could handle.

The Cats rallied late to outscore the Loggers 19-6 in the fourth quarter and pull within two points, but the Eureka girls held on in the final seconds to secure a 58-56 win.

Aniah Gaither, who has established herself as a legitimate varsity threat in the paint this spring, continued her impressive season with a team-high 16 points for Eureka, while teammates Bella Vigil and Ellie Pesch each added 10 points.

The Loggers took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the visiting Cats 23-11 to lead at halftime.

Eureka’s Claire Maples had seven points, six of them in the second quarter as the Loggers began to dominate.

The Cats, however, have been competitive against the Big 5 schools this year and they made a game of it with a big fourth quarter.

Eureka’s Bella Vigil is defended by Ferndale’s Kyla Albee on Thursday night.

Ferndale’s Haiyden Fulton reacts during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game.

Kyla Albee led the way for Ferndale, scoring a game-high 22 points, while Haiyden Fulton added 14.

Emily Chavez also had a big night, finishing with 11 points, including eight in the fourth quarter to help kickstart the late run.

Melody Bareilles added six points for the Loggers, who improved to 6-2, while the Cats are now 3-4.

Eureka seniors Melody Bareilles, Maddy Woods and Keylei Carroll cheer on their teammates on Thursday.

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