The Eureka Loggers improved to 3-0 in the Big 5 with a 64-50 win over Arcata on Wednesday night, while the Ferndale Wildcats impressed with a big 81-32 win over South Fork in their Little 4 opener.
Also in the Big 5, Fortuna defeated Del Norte 60-42.
The Loggers overcame a slow start and trailed by as many as 11 in the opening quarter, but they settled down with a big second quarter and led by 10 at halftime.
Senior Payton Goodman, who has made a habit of kickstarting the Loggers offensively this season, did it again on Wednesday, with a couple of key first-half baskets to help settle her teammates down.
“Then we were off to the races and making shots,” Eureka head coach Mike Harvey said. “And we had a great second quarter.”
The ever-consistent McKenna Beach had another strong game in the win and scored a team-high 16 points, while teammate Kira Morris finished with 14 points and Amaya Gee had nine.
Moriah Bowles and Mariah Napoleon each chipped in six points as nine different Eureka players scored.
“I was happy to get all the girls some quality minutes out there,” said Harvey, who had just six players available for games last week.
The game was the Big 5 opener for the Tigers, who dropped to 0-1 in league and 7-6 overall.
Arcata’s Nora Talty continued to impress with another big night and finished with a co-game-high 16 points, while Alia Prentiss scored 11 points.
Kaiya Grubb chipped in nine points, Caroline Dieker eight and Trinity Hamm five.
Eureka sophomore Isis Poteet also played a big role in the win as she continues to settle in with her new team.
“I thought Isis had a phenomenal game defensively in the last three quarters,” Harvey said.
Ferndale 81, South Fork 32
The Wildcats posted a statement win in their conference opener, comfortably taking care of business against South Fork in a make-up game from last week.
Sierra Fulton scored a game-high 21 points in the win, while teammate Kyla Albee finished with 19 points and six assists, as the Cats improved to 9-3 on the season.
The Ferndale girls, who are the No. 1 ranked Division-6 team in the North Coast Section, came out fast and never relented with strong team performances at both ends of the court.
“We shot the ball really well tonight, which got us off to an immediate lead,” head coach Terra Albee said. “We had good patience on our offense. As a team we were unselfish and shared the ball.”
Defense also played a big part in the win.
Reaghan Langer added 14 points for the Cats, while Haidyn Fulton chipped in 13. Emily Chavez six and Gabby Rice four.
No stats were immediately available for the South Girls, who dropped to 0-1 in the Little 4 and 8-3 overall.
Fortuna 60, Del Norte 42
The Huskies took control of the game early and led throughout on the way to their first league win, outscoring the visiting Warriors in each of the four quarters.
Isobel Crosswhite scored a co-game-high 14 points in the win, while teammate Hayley Youkey finished with 12 points, as the Huskies improved to 1-2 in the Big 5 and 9-10 overall.
“The team did a great job working together on both defense and offense,” Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman said. “We moved the ball well against their zone and found the open player. On defense we did well pressuring the ball and contesting shots.”
The Huskies also had a big night at the free-throw line, making good on 26 attempts.
Del Norte’s Gianna Taylor matched Crosswhite with a game-high 14 points in the loss, as the Warriors dropped to 0-2 in the Big 5 and 5-10 overall.
Teal Mostovoy chipped in nine points for Fortuna, while Ronnee Norwood finished with six points and Ashley Tully and Kylee Fennell five apiece.
Anyessa Bettega also had a good game for Del Norte and finished with eight points, while Brooklyn Carter and Lili Nunez had five each.