GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Loggers, Panthers win Big 5 openers

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Wednesday night’s Big 5 opener at Eureka High.

The Loggers tipped off the Big 5 with an emphatic win over Del Norte in girls basketball on Wednesday night, running out to a 65-27 victory at Eureka High.

Both teams were missing several players due to COVID protocols, but that didn’t slow the Loggers down much as the Big 5 favorites comfortably took care of business despite having just six players for the game.

“All six girls did great,” head coach Mike Harvey said. “They did their roles really well.”

No one more so than Kira Morris, who scored a game-high 29 points in the win and appears to be growing stronger as the season progresses.

“Kira had a great game for us,” Harvey said. “I was really impressed with her transition game and her driving to the basket.”

McKenna Beach added 12 points in the win, while Amaya Gee finished with nine points and did a good job distributing the ball to her teammates.

Mariah Napoleon also had a good night at both ends of the court, scoring six points and adding several rebounds with another strong defensive performance.

Raymi Sharp chipped in five points and Amaya Watson four, as the Loggers improved to 1-0 in league and 11-6 overall.

The visitors matched up well early in the game, but the Eureka girls began to take control with a big second quarter and led by 23 at halftime.

Lili Nunez was particularly impressive for the Warriors, finishing with a team-high 13 points, while teammates Kimosa McCovey, Lily Wilson and Katherine Young each scored four.

The Warriors dropped to 0-1in the Big 5 and 5-9 overall.

Del Norte won both the JV and freshmen games.

Next up, Eureka hosts Fortuna on Friday, while Del Norte won’t play again until next week.

Del Norte’s Lili Nunez

McKinleyville 53, Fortuna 44

The Panthers opened the Big 5 with a win over Fortuna at Mack High on Wednesday night, outscoring the visitors 21-15 in the fourth quarter to take control of a tight game.

Morgan Stubbs scored a game-high 17 points in the win, while teammate Kathryn Tinney finished with 16 points.

Just three points separated the two teams at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, but some clutch free throws by Stubbs and Tinney late in the game helped seal the win.

Bella Turner added seven points for the Panthers, who improved to 1-0 in league and 5-6 overall.

Teal Mostovoy scored a team-high 16 points for the shorthanded Huskies, who were missing some key big players because of COVID protocols.

Briza Contreras added 12 points in the loss on four 3-pointers, while Haylee Youkey finished with six points and Eunice Casas five.

With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 0-1 in league and 8-9 overall.

Next up, on Friday night, Fortuna plays at Eureka and McKinleyville plays at Arcata.

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