Arcata’s Nora Talty had her best game of the season on Friday night, as the Tigers lost a close one, 59-58, to Justin-Siena at the Redwood Empire Invitational tournament in Healdsburg.
Talty scored 27 points to lead a late comeback by the Arcata girls, who rallied from a 10-point deficit at the end of the third quarter and had an opportunity to win the game on a buzzer-beater.
Talty finished with four 3-pointers and was 5-of-6 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
“Nora just had a tremendous game,” head coach Doug Oliveira said.
Older sister, senior Grace Talty, also had a big game for the Tigers, finishing with seven points and several rebounds.
Vivian Cronin chipped in 10 points, including three 3s to round out a good night from 3-point range for the team.
Caroline Dieker also had a good night defensively.
The Arcata girls, who are now 4-2, will close out tourney play against McKinleyville at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Del Norte girls lost their second game in two days at the Mt. Shasta tournament on Friday, falling to 60-52 to Weed and dropping to 3-4, while the McKinleyville girls fell to Healdsburg at the Redwood Empire Invitational.
No scoring details were immediately available for the Panthers, who are now 2-3.
Maria Carrillo 55, Eureka 50
Maria Carrillo scored 25 points in the opening quarter and made it count on the way to a five-point win over the Loggers.
McKenna Beach continued to impress in the loss, scoring 25 points, including 11 in the second quarter as the Loggers began to chip away at the lead.
Amaya Gee added seven points for Eureka, while Aniah Gaither and Claire Maples each finished with six points.
With the loss, the Loggers dropped to 5-3 and they will close out tourney play on Saturday.
Ukiah 56, Fortuna 37
Fortuna’s Ashley Tully continued her impressive tourney play at the Redwood Empire Invitational in Healdsburg on Friday, as the short-handed Huskies fell to Ukiah.
Tully scored a team-high 13 points in the loss, while teammate Gabby Stephens added nine.
Injuries and illness have impacted the Fortuna squad depth at the Healdsburg tourney.
The Huskies, who are now 3-5, will conclude tourney play at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.