The Eureka girls welcomed back a key player as they improved to 2-1 in basketball with a comfortable 69-26 win over Hoopa at Jay Willard Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Loggers outscored the visitors 41-14 in the first half to take control of the game, with senior captain McKenna Beach returning to the fold and enjoying a strong season debut.
“McKenna Beach is a potential league MVP,” head coach Michael Harvey said. “And her leadership is amazing on top of that.”
Beach, who missed the weekend season openers in the Bay Area because of softball commitments, scored a game-high 11 points in the win and was one of 10 Eureka players to get on the scoresheet as Harvey went deep to his bench.
“I love the energy the girls showed tonight,” the head coach said. “The total team energy was fantastic, both on the bench and in the game.”
Eureka’s Aniah Gaither also had a good night with nine points, while Moriah Bowles chipped in eight, and Payton Goodman, Ellie Pesch and Mariah Napoleon each had seven.
Napoleon contributed in more ways than that and gave the team a big defensive presence.
“She did a great job on defense,” Harvey said of the junior forward, who had seven blocks. “Just her defensive presence and the way she handled herself was impressive.”
Ivy Lanebear continued to impress early for the Warriors, who dropped to 0-2.
The freshman has looked comfortable at the varsity level early in the season and scored a team-high 10 points in the loss.
Teammate Taylor Cole added seven points.