The Ferndale Wildcats have been putting up plenty of points early in the new girls basketball season and they have averaged more than 70 points a game through their opening four games.
On Saturday night, the Cats improved to 4-0 on the season with their third straight win at the Calistoga tournament, getting the better of Redwood Christian 70-38.
The Ferndale girls also defeated St. Helena (80-17) and Calistoga (58-16) in tournament play.
Haidyn Fulton capped a big three days with 16 points in the championship game and was named tourney MVP, while teammate Kyla Albee also scored 16 and was named to the all-tournament team.
Albee was a rock at the free-throw line in the decider, nailing 14 of her 17 attempts.
“We’ve been playing really hard and pushing the ball well,” head coach Terra Albee said of her team. “We’re just tough.”
The Cats have also been getting big performances from several players through the early going, with balanced scoring in all four games.
Point guard Emily Chavez also had a big night in the championship game, directing the offense and finishing with 11 points.
Sierra Fulton added nine points in the win and Reaghan Langer had eight.
Sierra Fulton is one of just two seniors on this year’s team, along with Gabby Rice, each of whom are expected to provide some much-needed senior leadership.
In Friday’s semifinal against Calistoga, Kyla Albee scored a team-best 13 points, while Rice and Langer each had 10 points and Haidyn Fulton nine.
Haidyn Fulton also had a huge game in the Cats’ tourney opener against St. Helena, finishing with a game-high 25 points.
Kyla Albee and Langer each had 12 points, while Chavez finished with 11 points and Rice 10.
The Wildcats are not scheduled to play another game until Thursday of next week when they travel to compete at the Kelseyville tournament.
This week’s scheduled game against Laytonville had to be canceled, but Terra Albee is hoping she can add another game instead.
California School for the Deaf 53, Ferndale 51
The Ferndale boys trailed by 10 points for much of Saturday’s tourney finale at Calistoga, but battled back to take a late lead before ultimately losing by two points.
Thomas Ferguson led the Cats in a physical early-season game that Ferndale head coach Tristen Waters described as a dogfight.
Ferguson scored 14 points and had a very good defensive game, while the ever-consistent Kannon Christiansen added 13 points and grabbed numerous rebounds.
“He had such a strong tournament all weekend in the paint,” Waters said of Christiansen, who was named to the all-tournament team. “Teams were constantly being very physical with him and he didn’t back down.”
Jack Westfall also had a big tournament and finished with 10 points.
According to the coach, Westfall plays with “a high motor that helps his team thrive every game.”
The Wildcats were 1-2 in tournament play and are 2-2 on the season.