GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Panthers prevail in tournament decider

Ray Hamill/ – McKinleyville’s Gabby Watson looks to set up a play during Wednesday’s game against Hoopa at the Arcata tournament.

The McKinleyville girls maintained their impressive start to the new season with a statement win over their rivals at the Arcata tournament on Friday night.

Facing the host school in a championship showdown, the Panthers prevailed by a score of 48-28 to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The win was also the third in three days at the tournament and was achieved with yet another balanced team performance.

Most notably on defense, with the Mack girls holding the Tigers scoreless in the opening quarter as they quickly took control.

“Our perimeter defense was fantastic,” McKinleyville head coach Jacob Cheek said. “They’re a good shooting team and we held them down.”

Bella Turner scored a game-high 12 points in the win, while teammates Trinity Preston and Camryn Pinard each finished with 10 points and Tatum Fisher had five.

After their slow start, the Arcata girls had the better of exchanges in the second quarter, but the Panthers began to pull away again after the interval.

A pair of sophomores, Leitala Vainuku and Addison Wingate, led the way offensively for Arcata with 10 and seven points, respectively.

The loss was the first of the season for the Tigers, who dropped to 3-1. 

Hoopa 57, Fortuna 51

The Hoopa Warriors got their first win of the season at the Arcata tournament on Friday night, getting the better of Fortuna.

Sophomore Ivy Lamebear led the way offensively with a game-high 19 points in the win, as the Warriors closed out the three-day tournament 1-2 and are now 1-4 overall.

Hoopa senior Tatianna Colegrove was named to the all-tourney team.

Junior center Grace Scilacci scored a team-high 16 points for the Fortuna girls, who are now 2-3 on the season.

Fortuna’s Allie Cox was named to the all-tournament team after three good performances at the tournament.

Eureka 43, Southridge 27

The Eureka Loggers bounced back from their first loss of the season on Thursday to beat Southridge at the Grants Pass tournament on Friday.

More importantly, the players seemed to learn from the tournament-opening loss.

“It was a good response,” Eureka head coach Cliff Napoleon said. “It was nice playing Grants Pass last night, it helped us understand our defensive rotations better, and tonight was 10 times better.”

Multi-sport standout Kaitlin Giacone continued to impress in the win and scored a team-best 13 points, as the Loggers improved their record to 4-1.

Moriah Bowles added nine points in the victory, while teammate Amaya Gee also continues to impress in the early season and chipped in eight points.

“Grants Pass helped us get better,” Napoleon said.

The Loggers will close out tournament play against Crater on Saturday at noon.

St. Bernard’s 58, St. Helena 24

All 12 SB players saw plenty of game time as the Crusaders cruised to a comfortable win over St. Helena in the semifinals of the Cloverdale tournament on Friday.

St. Bernard’s will play Windsor for the championship at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Laila Florvilus continued her impressive start to the new season and finished with a team-high 14 points in the win, while Madelyn Shanahan added 10 points and Rihanna Fontenot eight.

The Crusaders wasted little time taking control of the game and ran out to a quick 14-0 lead.

Aimayah Her added six points and Mataya Sherman had five, as 11 of the team’s 12 players scored.

St. Bernard’s is now 2-0 on the season.

Del Norte 69, Henley 53

The Warriors continued their impressive start to the new season with a second win at the Yreka tournament on Friday.

The Del Norte girls, who improved to 3-0, scored their most points in a single game since December 2019.

“The girls played their hearts our,” head coach Justin Clifton said.

Lili Nunez, Brooklyn Carter and Jacalyn Gorbet each scored a team-high 16 points in the win, while Gianna Taylor added 10 points, as the Warriors finished with nine 3-pointers.

Defensively, they held Henley to just 13 points in the second half.

Lily Wilson added six points, Anyessa Bettega three and and Karisma Franz two.

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