In five matchups against Big 5 opponents over the past few weeks, a young Ferndale girls team is 1-4 (3-4 overall) but has pushed several of the bigger schools all the way, including a thrilling finish at Eureka on Thursday night.
The Cats showed no quit as they battled back from a 17-point second-half deficit, outscoring the Loggers 19-6 in the final quarter and almost tying the game in the dying seconds, before eventually falling 58-56.
More impressively, they outscored Eureka 16-2 in the final four minutes.
Several players stepped up in the rally, none more so than Kyla Albee, Haiyden Fulton and Emily Chavez, all three of whom are underclassmen and give the Wildcats a fantastic foundation for the next couple of years.
Albee and Chavez are just sophomores, while Fulton is a freshman who has quickly established herself at the varsity level.
Check out the highlights of the late comeback above, including a couple of big 3-pointers by Chavez, a key Hallie Short basket, and Albee’s clutch 3 to bring the Cats within two points of tying the game with just 10 seconds remaining.
The Loggers, to their credit, held on at the end, but it was a close call.
Eureka’s Ellie Pesch and Aniah Gaither each had late baskets that were crucial.
The latter came on a Keylei Carroll assist and would prove to be the game-winner.
For more on the game, see Loggers hold on to edge the Wildcats in exciting finish …