Giacone leads the way for Loggers at West Coast Jamboree

File photo – Kaitlin Giacone

The Eureka Loggers got to face some tough competition at this week’s West Coast Jamboree at Heritage High School and finished 1-2 in tournament play.

The Loggers opened with a 57-52 loss to Pleasant Valley on Wednesday, before bouncing back to beat Roosevelt, a D-2 school out of Fresno, by a score of 41-35 on Thursday.

They closed out the tournament with a 60-35 loss to Alemany on Friday.

Kaitlin Giacone continued her impressive season with a big showing at the tournament, including a team-high 23 points in the opener in what was a back-and-forth game.

The Loggers had to overcome a slow start — after a six-hour drive — but clawed their way back to take their first lead of the game with just two minutes remaining.

“Defense carried us,” head coach Cliff Napoleon said.

Costly turnovers at pivotal moments, however, ultimately cost the Eureka girls the game, with their opponents nailing some key free throws in the final minute.

Aniah Gaither also impressed in the loss and finished with 10 points, while Moriah Bowles chipped in nine points.

Giacone continued to shine against Roosevelt and led the team offensively once again with 16 points.

Amaya Gee also had a good game and finished with 13 points.

The Loggers came out strong and had a sizable 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, before a late rally by the Rough Riders narrowed the gap.

“We hung on down the stretch with our defense,” Napoleon said.

The Loggers, who are now 11-4, will host South Fork on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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