GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Loggers, Wildcats keep impressive runs going

Submitted photo – The Ferndale Wildcats celebrate their second tournament championship of the season at Kelseyville on Saturday night.

The Eureka and Ferndale girls both kept their impressive start to the season going over the weekend, with strong showings by each of them at their respective tournaments.

The Loggers won for the third time in three days at the McKinleyville tournament, beating the host team 56-29 to take the tourney championship.

Ferndale, meanwhile, played in the Kelseyville tournament championship game, beating Lower Lake 55-37 and improving to 7-0 on the season.

Also on Saturday, the Fortuna Huskies won their second straight game at the Mack tournament, defeating Yreka 55-35.

Senior Isobel Crosswhite had a huge game in the win, as the Huskies improved to 6-6 on the season.

The Arcata Tigers also played on Saturday and lost for the second straight day at the Red Bluff tournament, falling 60-36 to University Prep.

Unbeaten Cats continue to roll

The Ferndale girls won for the seventh time in seven games this season, beating Lower Lake for their second tournament championship of the young season.

Kyla Albee scored a team-high 14 points in the win and was named tournament MVP, while teammates Haidyn Fulton and Emily Chavez each also were named to the all-tournament team.

Fulton followed a 20-point performance on Friday night with 13 points in the championship game, while Chavez finished with 11 points and made three 3-pointers.

Gabby Rice also had a good game, finishing with nine points, all in the second half, while Reaghan Langer chipped in six points and Clara Christiansen two.

The Wildcats also defeated Middletown 48-35 in Friday night’s semifinal.

Fulton and Albee both had big nights offensively in Friday’s win, finishing with 20 and 19 points, respectively, while Chavez scored six points.

University Prep 60, Arcata 36

The Arcata girls lost to a well-coached and disciplined University Prep team in Saturday’s Red Bluff tourney finale and closed out tournament play 0-2.

Alia Prentiss scored a team-high nine points to lead another strong showing by a sophomore class that is quickly making its mark.

“I’m really pleased with how the sophomores are playing, for how early it is in the season and how much they had to learn,” head coach Doug Oliveira said. “All of the sophomores were a factor today.”

In addition to Prentiss, Nora Talty has enjoyed an impressive start to the season, while fellow sophomores Melanie Luh and Kaiya Grubb are both now also stepping up their games and having an impact.

Senior Grace Talty also enjoyed big couple of days at the tournament, and was named to the all-tournament team.

“She played hard the whole tournament,” Oliveira said.

Next up, the Tigers (5-4) will play at the West Coast Jamboree., which tips off on Dec. 27.

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