Any time you lose in the playoffs it’s obviously a disappointing outcome, but the Ferndale girls have every reason to feel proud of their accomplishments on the basketball courts this winter.
The Wildcat lost 54-44 to Weed in the NorCal quarterfinals at Ferndale on Wednesday night, ending an impressive campaign that saw them win two early-season tournaments, the Little 4 championship and a North Coast Section Division-6 title.
“Overall it was an amazing season for the girls and we accomplished more than was expected,” head coach Terra Albee said. “I’m extremely proud of this team and I hope they can appreciate all the good that came from this basketball season.”
The Cats close out with a record of 19-4, including a very impressive victory over Big 5 champion Eureka, and they lost just once all season to H-DNL teams.
On Wednesday, however, things did not go their way, and the Ferndale girls had problems implementing their offense early on.
“We had an uncharacteristic game last night and struggled getting a good flow with our offense,” Albee said.
The Cats trailed by just three at halftime in what was a close game to that point, but a good third quarter by the visitors saw them stretch the advantage to 13 heading into the final quarter.
The home team made a late run to cut the deficit to as few as eight, but the Weed girls were able to hold on to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round.
“The effort the girls gave was tremendous at the end,” the head coach said.
Kyla Albee capped an outstanding season with 16 points and five rebounds, while teammate Reaghan Langer added eight points and five rebounds and Emily Chavez had six points and four steals.
Haidyn Fulton finished with five points, five rebounds and four assists, while Carly Carmesin chipped in five points and four steals and Sierra Fulton added two points.