Eureka girls too strong for crosstown rivals in non-league showdown

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – McKenna Beach sets up a play during Saturday’s game.

By Ray Hamill — Two days after clinching the Big 5 championship in girls basketball, the Eureka Loggers comfortably took care of business at St. Bernard’s in a non-league showdown on Saturday night.

The Loggers won 61-41, outscoring their crosstown rivals in three of the four quarters as they gradually pulled away and got everyone on the roster some valuable minutes.

McKenna Beach had a huge night in the win, scoring a game-high 29 points including six 3-pointers, as the Loggers improved to 17-8 on the season.

Nine different Loggers scored, including Kira Morris, who finished with eight points, while Aniah Gaither added six points and Claire Maples five.

“Aniah played well at both ends,” Eureka head coach Mike Harvey said. “I thought her rebounding was very good tonight.”

Payton Goodman also continued to provide a spark for the team and “had her usual solid game defensively,” according to the coach.

Madelyn Shanahan in action for St. Bernard’s on Saturday.

Lele Tanuvasa

Lele Tanuvasa also continued to impress for St. Bernard’s, which dropped to 14-7.

Tanuvasa finished with 22 points, while teammate Laila Florvilus added 10 points and Madelyn Shanahan eight.

Next up, the Crusaders head to Ferndale for a key Little 4 make-up game on Monday night, while Eureka hosts McKinleyville on Tuesday night.

Eureka’s Amaya Gee

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