Ronnee Norwood and Brizia Contreras both played a key role for the Fortuna girls on Friday night, as the Huskies beat McKinleyville 54-41 at the Mack tournament.
The game was a close, defensive affair for the first half, with both teams battling hard and the Huskies led 14-12 at the interval.
Norwood came off the bench to provide a big spark at the defensive end in the third quarter, leading to a 24-point period for the Huskies, who began to pull away.
“Fortuna came ready to play,” McKinleyville head coach Jacob Cheek said. “They’re talented and you could tell they wanted to win tonight.”
Contreras also had a big game at both ends of the court and finished with seven points.
According to Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman, both played their best games of the season.
The consistent Teal Mostovoy also had a big night and scored a game-high 16 points for the Huskies, who improved to 5-6, while teammate Isobel Crosswhite added 10 points.
No scoring details were immediately available for McKinleyville.
“We need to find our identity and what team we want to be,” said Cheek, whose team dropped to 3-5.
Both teams will conclude tourney play on Saturday.
Fortuna plays Yreka at 11:30 a.m., while the Panthers play Eureka at 1 p.m.