The Eureka Loggers took a big toward a Big 5 title with a key victory at Del Norte in a make-up game on Saturday afternoon.
Playing their third game in five days, the Eureka girls got the better of the Warriors 57-44 and improved to 3-0 in the Big 5, while taking over sole possession of top spot in the standings.
The visitors led by six at halftime and began to pull further away after the break, outscoring the Warriors 14-8 in the third quarter to take control.
The loss was the first in league play for the Warriors, who dropped to 2-1 in the Big 5 and 13-4 overall.
Kaitlin Giacone continued to play a pivotal role for the Loggers and scored a game-high 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter as the Eureka girls held the home team at bay.
Aniah Gaither finished with 15 points in the win, while Moriah Bowles added 10 points, Isis Poteet eight and Claire Maples six.
“Pressure defense helped propel us to the win,” head coach Cliff Napoleon said.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Loggers, all against H-DNL opposition, during which they have averaged 60 points a game.
They are now 15-4 on the season and sit one win ahead of both McKinleyville and Del Norte with one game remaining in the first half of league play.
The ever-impressive Lili Nunez continued to play well for the Warriors and had a double-double, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
The in-form Lauren Stutes also had a double-double and finished with 11 rebounds and 10 points, including going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Brooklyn Carter added six points and seven boards, while Anyessa Bettega had seven rebounds and five points and Jacalyn Gorbet finished with 10 boards.
Categories: Basketball, Del Norte, Eureka
DN was down by 7 (48-41) with 2:26 left in the game before a talented Eureka team put the game out of reach. Not a bad game for a DN team that finished last in HDN last year with a 7-15 record.