The Ferndale and South Fork girls both won their North Coast Section quarterfinals on Saturday night, and will now face off against each other in Wednesday’s semifinal round in Division 6.
The Wildcats, who are seeded No. 1 and will host next week’s big game, comfortably took care of business at home to No. 8 California School for the Deaf, winning 59-11.
The Cubs, who are are seeded No. 4, also won comfortably, getting the better of No. 5 Credo 53-36.
Ferndale won both league games between the two rivals this season.
On Saturday, the Ferndale girls came out strong and outclassed the visitors throughout, opening up a 28-2 lead and holding their opponents to just five-half points.
“The girls played great team ball tonight,” head coach Terra Albee said. “Everyone was able to contribute in this win.”
Kyla Albee scored a game-high 16 points, while also grabbing six boards and dishing out five assists.
Carly Carmesin also continued to impress and finished with 10 points and five steals, while Sierra Fulton had nine points and three rebounds, and Reaghan Langer added seven points.
“We were glad to have her back,” Terra Albee said of Langer, who suffered a sprained ankle earlier in the week.
It was a good shooting night for the Wildcats, who finished with six 3-pointers and shot 73 percent from the free-throw line.
Emily Chavez added six points, three assists and three steals; Gabby Rice had four points; Miriam Guerrero had three points; Haidyn Fulton had two points, four rebounds and four assists; Breyanna Taylor had two points and three rebounds; Tia Henrickson had two rebounds and two steals; and Clara Christiansen had two rebounds and two steals.
Defensively, the Wildcats held the Eagles to single digits in scoring in each quarter.
The Ferndale girls are now 17-3, while the South Fork Cubs are 10-10.
No stats were immediately available for the Cubs.
Having reached the NCS semifinals, both teams are now guaranteed to play in the NorCal tournament.
In other NCS playoff games on Saturday, the Arcata Tigers lost their Division-4 matchup at No. 1 Marin Catholic.
The No. 8 seed Tigers fell 64-43 to end an impressive season that saw them win 10 of their last 12 games heading into the weekend.
A young Tigers team closes out 17-10.