Eureka girls win tourney opener at Maria Carrillo

File photo – The Eureka girls improved to 5-2 with a victory over Sonoma on Thursday.

Aniah Gaither scored a game-high 15 points as the Eureka girls comfortably took care of business against Sonoma in their Maria Carrillo basketball tourney opener on Thursday, winning 59-25.

The impressive Gaither had her best game of the season at both ends of the court and afterwards she praised the effort of her team’s defense.

“I think we played well and we had a better defensive showing than in the past,” Gaither said.

In particular, the team’s transition defense is coming together, and once again the Loggers got a balanced team performance with several players contributing, including McKenna Beach, who finished with 10 points, and Kira Morris, who chipped in eight.

“It’s still early, but we are coming together as a team and learning how to play better as a team,” Gaither added.

Mariah Napoleon and Ellie Pesch each also were instrumental in the win, finishing with six points apiece, while Amaya Gee added five.

Ten of the 11 Eureka players scored in the win.

“I think it was a team effort all the way around,” head coach Mike Harvey said. “Everybody did a lot of good things and everybody made mistakes they can learn from.”

The Loggers (5-2) continue tourney play on Friday when they play Maria Carrillo at 5:30 p.m.

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