Basketball

Hoopa girls edge South Fork on return to action

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The Hoopa girls haven’t played much competitive basketball recently, but that didn’t prevent them from winning on their return to action on Thursday night.

The Warriors got the better of South Fork 41-37 in a tight game for their first win in the Little 4.

The Hoopa girls had played just two games since mid December and had not played at all since a Jan. 7 loss at St. Bernard’s.

Alyssa Gulley had a big game off the bench in the win, scoring a team-high 10 points, including three 3s, and also turning in a strong defensive performance.

Ivy Lamebear also had a big night, chipping in nine points on three 3s.

The team has barely practiced over the past couple of weeks because of COVID protocols.

“We’re trying to get our legs back under us,” head coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings said.  “I’m not taking anything from South Fork, but we didn’t play our A game. We were tired. We were gassed.”

They did, however, get the win, thanks in large part to the play of senior Taylor Cole, who scored the final four points of the game to break a late 37-37 tie.

Freshman Harmony Nelson also continued to impress in the win.

“Her skill set is not freshman,” the head coach said.

Tatianna Colegrove had a strong defensive performance in the win, as the Warriors improved to 1-1 in the Little 4 and  2-8 overall, while her sister Savannah Colegrove had a good night on the boards.

Caidence Young and Summer Contreras each scored 11 points for South Fork, while teammate Natalie Roberts finished with nine points.

South Fork is now 0-4 in the Little 4 and 8-6 overall.

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