Three of the five H-DNL girls teams in action on Wednesday are moving on in the NCS playoffs, including the Ferndale Wildcats, who are the top seeds in Division 6.
The Cats comfortably defeated No. 16 Round Valley 53-21 at home and will now host No. 8 California School for the Deaf on Saturday.
Also in action on Wednesday, in Division 4, the Arcata girls won an all-local matchup at home to St. Bernard’s 65-52, while Fortuna fell 50-41 to Gateway in Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.
In Division 6 action, South Fork also won a home matchup, defeating Emery 51-12.
On Tuesday night, the Eureka girls lost their Division-III game at home to Archie Williams, 65-58, and the Hoopa girls fell 63-41 at Mt. Diablo in Division 5.
Gateway 50, Fortuna 41
The No. 13 Huskies lost to the No. 4 seeds in San Francisco.
Isobel Crosswhite scored a team-high 14 points for the Fortuna girls, including 10 in the second half, while Kylee Fennell added 12 points, Ashley Tully eight and Ronnee Norwood four.
“I am really proud of the effort we had against a talented Gateway team,” Fortuna head coach Tom Chapman said. “The team was resilient and stayed in the game and competed.”
The Huskies gave it their all in the second half, but every time they got close, a hot-shooting Gateway team answered with a big 3-pointer.
“Despite the loss, it was a great experience for the team to play at the historic venue, Kezar Pavilion, and the opportunity to compete in the NCS playoffs,” Chapman said.
South Fork 51, Emery 12
The No. 4 South Fork girls comfortably took care of business at home to No. 13 Emery and will now advance to host No. 5 Credo on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Kaylee Cotter led a balanced offensive performance in the win and finished with a game-high 16 points, while teammates Summer Contreras and Michaela McMahon each chipped in seven points.
Shawnessy Conway-O’Neill and Marissa Beebe each also scored six points, while Macy Yarbrough added five points and Cadence Young finished with four.
The South Fork defense held the visitors to just four points in the opening half.