Freshman Laila Florvilus scored a game-high 13 points as the St. Bernard’s Crusaders advanced to Saturday’s championship game at the Arcata tournament with a 45-30 win over Fortuna on Friday night.
The Crusaders will play Arcata for the championship at 3 p.m. after the Tigers rallied to beat a good Foothill team 47-45 later on Friday.
“She played real well tonight,” SB head coach Augie Valdez said of Florvilus, who is a multi-sport athlete and is coming off a big season on the soccer field. “She didn’t play like a freshman and just really did the small things that we’ve talked about.”
The entire team has shown a lot of improvement early in the season and Valdez has been particularly impressed with the way the players are grasping what the coaches are telling them.
“The kids really bought in and are really improving by leaps and bounds,” he said. “Today was a great step in the right direction.”
Madelyn Shanahan was also a force for the Crusaders, both scoring and rebounding, and finished with 11 points, while teammate Lele Tanuvasa was equally impressive, scoring 10 and pulling down around 15 boards.
Emma Wilson added eight points for the 2-0 Crusaders.
Isobel Crosswhite led the Huskies offensively with nine points, while Teal Mostovoy chipped in seven.
“We could not match their energy,” Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman said. “St. Bernard’s did a great job moving the ball and shooting.”
The Fortuna girls will close out tourney play on Saturday.
The Huskies are now 2-2.
Arcata 47, Foothill 45
Nora Talty came off the bench and hit several big baskets down the stretch as the Tigers rallied to beat a good Foothill team in their own tournament semifinal.
Talty finished with a team-high 12 points, while teammate Alia Prentiss also impressed for the second straight night and also hit some big baskets down the stretch on her way to 11 points.
Olivia Railsback added 10 points in the win and Grace Talty chipped in eight.
Kaylee Bosetti and Jessica Walters scored 10 each to lead Foothill.
Del Norte 55, Yreka 35
The Del Norte girls fared far better at the Yreka tournament on Friday night, beating the host school 55-35.
One day after dropping their season opener, 58-17 to Crater, the Warriors responded in emphatic fashion with the 20-point win.
“We played a lot better today,” head coach Justin Clifton said.
Jasmin Palmerin scored a team-high 12 points in the win, while teammate Anyessa Bettega finished with 10 and Lily Nunez chipped in nine.
The Warriors play two tournament games on Saturday against Cascade Christian and Brookings Harbor.
Mazama 37, McKinleyville 34, OT
The McKinleyville girls rallied late in the game for the second straight day at the Arcata tournament on Friday, but their efforts came up just short for the second straight day.
The Panthers outscored Mazama 12-3 in the fourth quarter to force an overtime period but scored just two points in the extra period to lose by three.
Kim Lewis and Camryn Pinard each scored a team-high 12 points in the loss, while teammate Raina Ausburn added eight.
The 0-2 Panthers, who have been outscored by just five points combined in their two losses, will continue tourney play on Saturday.
Eureka 73, Placer 37
The Loggers won big again at the Placer tournament on Friday to advance to Saturday’s championship game.
The Loggers have racked up exactly 73 points in both tournament games and have outscored their two opponents by a combined 146-55.
They will play for the championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and will face a much tougher test against Granite Bay.
Kira Morris led the way in Friday’s win in just her second game of the season and finished with 13 points.
“We had great energy tonight,” head coach Mike Harvey said. “I don’t think the execution was as good as it should have been, but the energy was there.”
Ellie Pesch also continued her impressive start to the new season with 12 points in the win, while teammate McKenna Beach scored 11 and Claire Maples eight.
Moriah Bowles and Aniah Gaither each chipped in seven points as all 11 Eureka players got on the scoresheet.
The Eureka girls went to watch the Eureka boys play at a nearby tournament earlier in the day, and the boys team repaid the favor and came to cheer on the girls at Placer High.
“They were awesome,” Harvey said.
Hoopa 67, Gold Beach 52
The Hoopa girls got their first win of the season at the Arcata tournament on Friday evening, beating Gold Beach by 15.
Taylor Cole led the Warriors with 19 points, while freshmen Harmony Nelson also had a big night and finished with 11 points.
The Warriors will continue tourney play on Saturday at noon.