GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Panthers, Tigers go to 2-0 in tournament play

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Wednesday’s game between McKinleyville and Hoopa.

By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers and McKinleyville Panthers both improved to 2-0 at the Arcata tournament on Thursday and will play each other on Friday.

The Panthers beat Fortuna 66-43 on Thursday, one day after getting the better of Hoopa 67-51 and they are now 2-0 on the season.

And head coach Jacob Cheek has been pleased with his players’ attitude this season more than anything.

“What’s impressed me is just the overall buy-in of the girls,” he said. “This group really has been a breath of fresh air. They’re continuously willing to learn.”

Camryn Pinard scored a team-high 19 points in Thursday’s win, while Tatum Fisher finished with 15 points and Bella Turner 10.

All three of those players also scored in double digits in Wednesday’s season-opening win, but Cheek believes this is a balanced and deep roster.

“Anybody on any given night could be leading us in any category,” the head coach said. “And everyone’s for each other. Everyone wants everyone else to do well.”

Junior Allie Cox led the Huskies with 17 points in the loss.

The Tigers, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in tournament play with a victory over Hoopa on Thursday, one day after defeating Fortuna 60-42.

Sabrina Aguilar-Arce led the Huskies in Wednesday’s loss with 10 points.

No stats were immediately available for Arcata or Hoopa.

The round robin tournament will close out on Friday with Hoopa playing Fortuna at 6 p.m. and Arcata playing McKinleyville at 7:30 p.m.

Grants Pass 42, Eureka 37

The Loggers suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday, falling to the host school at the Grants Pass tournament.

“We just couldn’t put anything together,” head coach Cliff Napoleon said. “Just a lot of little things that didn’t go our way. A lot of little things that compounded to a loss.”

Kira Morris led a balanced offensive performance with seven points, while Amaya Gee, Isis Poteet and Kaitlin Giacone each finished with six points.

With the loss, the Loggers dropped to 3-1 on the season.

They will try to bounce back when they play South Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday.

St. Bernard’s 53, Cloverdale 39

The St. Bernard’s girls got the new season off to a winning start on Thursday night, defeating the host school at the Cloverdale tournament.

Madelyn Shanahan scored a team-high 21 points in the win, while teammate Laila Florvilus added 18 points and Aliyah Vigil chipped in seven points.

The Crusaders will continue tournament play against St. Helena on Friday at 5 p.m.

Del Norte 52, Shasta 47

The Del Norte girls improved to 2-0 with a five-point win over Shasta at the Yreka tournament.

Below are photos from Friday’s game at the Arcata tournament between the host school and Hoopa …

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