Wildcats march on, knock off the Big 5 leaders

Submitted photos – Action from Tuesday’s game at Ferndale High.

The story of the year in H-DNL girls basketball is getting better with each outing.

On Tuesday night, the Ferndale Wildcats stunned the Eureka Loggers 53-46 in a matchup of the Big 5 and Little 4 frontrunners.

“Hats off to Ferndale,” Eureka head coach Mike Harvey said. “They ran their offense impeccably and they wanted it more.”

It was another great team effort from the school with the smallest enrollment in H-DNL basketball.

“I thought we worked really hard,” Ferndale head coach Terra Albee said. “We were really unselfish passing the ball together and getting the ball to the open player.”

Sophomore Haidyn Fulton continued her outstanding season with another big performance at both ends of the court and finished with a double-double for Ferndale.

Fulton scored a game-high 22 points, as well as adding 12 rebounds and seven steals.

Fellow sophomore Reaghan Langer also continued to impress and did a good job marking Eureka’s inside threat Mariah Napoleon, while also scoring 14 points.

“She gets herself in good position, so when the pass gets to her, she’s ready to score,” Albee said of Langer, who added six rebounds.

Emily Chavez, who the head coach describes as the team’s catalyst defensively, also had some big baskets and finished with eight points as well as three steals, while Kyla Albee had another big night with her all-around contributions and had eight rebounds and six assists.

“Kyla played solid defense,” the head coach said. “She is such a great team player. She does all the little things to make her teammates better.

“Defensively we just play really tough man-to-man defense.”

McKenna Beach led the way again for Eureka and finished with 13 points, while teammates Kira Morris and Claire Maples each had nine points.

Napoleon also chipped in eight points and Ellie Pesch finished with seven.

With the win, Ferndale improved to 11-2 on the season, while Eureka is now 13-7.

Both teams will return to conference play on Friday, with Ferndale scheduled to host South Fork and Eureka traveling to Del Norte.

Categories: Basketball, Eureka, Ferndale

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