It was a busy day of basketball action for the H-DNL girls on Saturday with several local teams in action at various tournaments.
At Arcata High, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders defeated the host Tigers in their tournament championship game.
For more on the game, see Crusaders top the Tigers in exciting tournament decider …
Granite Bay 56, Eureka 44
The Loggers got a big early-season test at the Placer tournament, falling by 12 points to a strong Granite Bay team in the championship game.
McKenna Beach capped a strong three days at the tournament with a team-high 14 points in the loss and was named to the all-tournament team.
Teammate Kira Morris also was named all-tourney after scoring nine in the the championship game.
“They were good. They were long and talented,” Eureka head coach Mike Harvey said of Granite Bay. “And we knew we would be in for a tough matchup.
“We played hard and we played with a lot of energy.”
Aniah Gaither added eight points for the Loggers, who closed out tourney play 2-1 and are now 4-2 on the season.
Claire Maples also scored six and Amaya Gee five.
Next weekend, the Loggers will play at the Maria Carrillo tournament in Santa Rosa, opening against St. Patrick/St. Vincent in what is expected to a be very competitive field.
Foothill 47, Fortuna 38
The Fortuna Huskies played Foothill close on the final day of the Arcata tournament and both teams were tied going into the fourth quarter.
The Foothill girls, however, had the better of the late exchanges to secure their second win in three games in tournament play.
“We had some costly turnovers at the start of the fourth that we were not able to recover from,” Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman said.
The coach, however, was more than happy with a lot of what he saw from his players at the early-season tournament.
“The effort and intensity of the team was excellent,” he said. “We need to continue to improve our execution.”
Gabby Stephens and Isobel Crosswhite each scored 10 points in Saturday’s game, while teammate Teal Mostovoy was named to the all-tournament team.
The Huskies were 1-2 in tournament play and are now 2-3 on the season.
Next up, they play Hoopa on Monday before traveling to Healdsburg to play at the Redwood Invitational, opening against Justin-Siena on Thursday.
McKinleyville 60, Gold Beach 34
After two close losses on the opening two days of tournament play at Arcata, the Panthers got a nice win on Saturday, rolling over Gold Beach.
Senior Kathryn Tinney capped an impressive three days with a team-high 16 points in the win, including four 3-pointers.
Tinney was included on the all-tournament team.
Camryn Pinard also is enjoying an impressive start to the season and chipped in 13 points, while teammate Kim Lewis added nine.
The Mack girls, who lost their opening two games by a combined five points, got off to a slow start on Saturday and trailed by six points after the opening quarter.
They quickly took control of the game, however, scoring 45 points over the next two quarters while holding Gold Beach to just 10 points in that time.
Mazama 57, Hoopa 28
Tatianna Colegrove, Ivy Lamebear and Taylor Cole all scored in double digits as the Warriors closed out play at the Arcata tournament on Saturday.
Colegrove was named to the all-tournament team for the Hoopa girls, who went 1-2 over the three days.