The Eureka and St. Bernard’s girls each won on Saturday to close out the Lady Panther Classic and give themselves a little momentum heading into the Christmas break.
The Loggers defeated Redding Christian 50-38, while St. Bernard’s defeated Hoopa 65-31.
Also in action on Saturday, the Fortuna girls continued their impressive start to the season with a 47-39 win over McKinleyville in the Lady Panther Classic championship game.
For more on the Huskies’ big win, see Defensive Huskies win Lady Panther Classic …
In Oregon, the Del Norte girls closed out the Hidden Valley tournament 2-1, including a 70-49 victory over St. Mary’s on Saturday.
Eureka 50, Redding Christian 38
Senior Sophia Chalmers led the Loggers offensively for the second straight night with 20 points, and was named all-tournament for her efforts.
Chalmers, who is enjoying an outstanding senior campaign, broke out of a mini slump with a big tournament, as the Eureka girls responded from a poor tournament opener with back-to-back wins.
“I thought this was one of our best performances out of our last half dozen games,” head coach Michael Harvey said. “We played great as a team and had great energy.”
In particular, the Loggers have started executing better offensively, while playing with more patience.
Malia Guilbert added 10 points for the Loggers, who improved to 10-3, while McKenna Beach continued her impressive season with nine points.
St. Bernard’s 65, Hoopa 31
After matching up very well in losses to a couple of good Big 5 teams on Thursday and Friday, the Crusaders comfortably got the better of Little 4 rivals Hoopa on Saturday.
Freshman standout Saulele Tanuvasa was named all-tournament for her outstanding performances.
Fa’apisa Fonoti led the way offensively against Hoopa with 16 points, 14 of them in the second half, while the ever-consistent Mackenzie Finck added 11 points.
Josie Peterson, Emma Wilson and Tanuvasa each scored eight in what was a balanced team performance, and Shelby Jordan had six points.
“It was good to finish the tournament on a win after a two-point loss and overtime loss to Big 5 schools in the first two rounds,” St. Bernard’s head coach Mark Gardner said. “I feel like we got better this weekend, and the girls see they can compete with any team in the Big 5.”
The 9-3 Crusaders will play at the Fort Bragg tournament next weekend.
Jada McCovey led the Warriors with nine points, while Beyonce Bussell and Dawn Latham each finished with six points.
Del Norte girls go 2-1 at Hidden Valley tournament
Junior guard Jadence Clifton continued her sensational start to the season with another big outing on Saturday, as the Warriors closed out the Hidden Valley tournament with a 70-49 win over St. Mary’s.
Despite being double-teamed the entire game, Clifton scored a team-high 20 points and added 12 rebounds and nine assists.
For good measure, she was also 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Gianna Taylor also had a big game, finishing with 14 points, while Aleesha Lenover had seven points.
The Warriors were 2-1 at the three-day tournament, opening with a 30-22 win over Eagle Point, before falling 45-28 to the host school.
Hidden Valley is the No. 6 ranked team in Oregon, according to Max Preps, and has handed the Warriors two of their three losses this year.
Kirsten Brous, Ashley Lenover and Selene Ledezma each added six points in Saturday’s win.
South Fork 35, Round Valley 53
The Cubs dropped their third straight game on Friday night, falling at Round Valley.
The home team took control of the game with a 23-point first quarter and led by 14 going into the second.
Junior Kaylie Valk continued to lead the way for the South Fork girls with another big game, finishing with a team-high 13 points, while teammates Summer Contreras and Jade Johns each added seven points.
The 6-7 Cubs will host Eureka on Friday at 6 p.m.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.