McKenna Beach followed a 25-point performance on Friday with 24 more points on Saturday, as the Eureka girls defeated a quality St. Patrick/St. Vincent team 51-36 in the third-place game at the Maria Carrillo tournament.
And they did so with their best performance of the season so far.
“We played really well,” said Beach, who was named to the all-tournament team. “I felt like we finally clicked as a team offensively and defensively.”
Payton Goodman added eight points in the win as the Loggers improved to 6-3.
“Payton Goodman started us off with a bang,” Beach said of her teammate, who made some big shots early to set the tone.
Kira Morris added seven points and played some great defense, according to Beach, while Mariah Napoleon chipped in six points.
“It was by far our best game of the season offensively and defensively,” head coach Mike Harvey said.
Arcata 50, McKinleyville 47
Healdsburg 43, McKinleyville 36
The Tigers are making a habit of stepping up late in games, and that’s a god sign for a young team.
On Saturday afternoon, they closed out the Redwood Empire Invitational tournament with a three-point victory over McKinleyville.
A rough and tumble game saw five players injured, although four of them were able to return.
“We survived,” Arcata head coach Doug Oliveira said, before adding with a chuckle, “they’re physical and we’re not.”
Grace Talty scored a game-high 21 points for Arcata, which improved to 5-2, while Camryn Pinard scored a team-high 13 points for McKinleyville.
“It’s quite a rivalry and we know we’re going to be battling with them no matter how good or bad either team is,” Oliveira said.
Sophomore Nora Talty capped a big three days at the tournament with seven points and was named to the all-tournament team, while teammate Caroline Dieker also scored seven points.
“We’re playing our best right at the end of games,” Oliveira said. “And for a young team, that’s a good thing.”
The consistent Kathryn Tinney scored eight points for McKinleyville, which dropped to 2-4, while teammate Kim Lewis added seven points.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, they were unable to carry over the momentum from a big performance against Healdsburg on Friday.
“Against Healdsburg we played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” head coach Jacob Cheek said.
Pinard had a big night in Friday’s loss, scoring a team-high 14 points, and she capped an impressive few days in Healdsburg by being named to the all-tournament team.
Tinney added seven points on Friday.
Next up, the Panthers will play at their own tournament, which tips off on Thursday and will also include St. Bernard’s, Eureka, Fortuna and Yreka.
Fortuna 60, Keleyville 25
Ashley Tully capped a big three days at the Redwood Empire Invitational with a game-high 16 points to lead the Huskies to victory on Saturday.
The in-form Tully scored 38 points over the three tournament games in Healdsburg, including back-to-back team highs the past two days, and she was named to the all-tournament team.
“I see her hard work paying off,” Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman said. “She is adapting to the physical play of varsity basketball and keeps getting better each game.”
Kylee Fennell also had a good game on Saturday, coming out strong and finishing with 10 points.
“Kylee’s hustle helped set the tone early in this game and got our offense started,” the head coach said.
Teal Mostovoy and Eunice Casas each scored eight points as the Huskies improved to 4-5 on the season.
Next up, the Fortuna girls will play at the McKinleyville tournament, which tips off on Thursday.
Hoopa 44, Hayfork 11
Trinity 60, Hoopa 29
The Hoopa girls placed second at the Trinity tournament after splitting a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.
Harmony Nelson scored 12 points in the championship game against a good Trinity team that dominated all weekend.
And Hoopa head coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings believes his players will benefit from that game as a young team continues to develop.
“Trinity is an outstanding team,” he said. “They have good shooters and they play good half-court offense. And they helped us (learn) defensively because of their half-court offense.”
Nelson, who also scored eight points in Friday’s win, was named all-tournament, as was teammate Alyssa Gulley, who chipped in seven points against Hayfork.
Taylor Cole also had a good tournament and scored eight points in Friday’s win.
Savannah Colegrove and her sister Tatianna Colegrove each also played well defensively, while teammate Bethany Masten did a good job on the boards and is “coming on pretty good,” according to the coach.
The Warriors, who are 2-5, won’t play again until early in the new year and the coach is hoping to use the break to work on some things in practice, most notably starting games better.
“We have to come out and play a full game, and not just the second half,” he said. “But I think we’ll be successful.”