COLLEGE BASKETBALL — Two local players enjoy a big week on the college courts

Submitted photo – Victoria Claros in action for Marin this season.

By Ray Hamill — Former McKinleyville Panther Victoria Claros  had a career night on Wednesday, as she continues to enjoy an outstanding freshman campaign playing for College of Marin.

Claros scored a season-high 20 points in a 48-46 loss at home to Mendocino, including four 3-pointers.

Claros also had 11 rebounds for a double-double, as well as two steals.

Her teammate Kayley Armstrong, another former McKinleyville Panther, also had a big night in the loss, finishing with seven points and 11 rebounds.

For the season, Claros is averaging 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Armstrong is averaging 6 points and 4.9 boards.

The loss was the fifth straight for the 2-13 Mariners.

Another local standout also is coming off a big week.

Former Arcata Tiger Kaylie McCracken has been named the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Student Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

Last week, McCracken led the Blues to wins over Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound on back-to-back days, scoring 23 points and shooting 13-17 from the free throw line in the second game, after finishing with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals the night before.

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McCracken followed that with a pair of double-doubles in wins over Pacific and Linfield this week, finishing with 31 points and 21 rebounds over the two games.

For the season, McCracken is averaging team-highs in scoring (16.9 points a game) and rebounds (9.9).

Next up, on Saturday, the 14-1 Blues will play Lewis & Clark, a team that features former Fortuna Husky Charlotte Carroll.

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