Fortuna, St. Bernard’s and Eureka each won their respective tournament championship games on Saturday on a very good day for the H-DNL in girls basketball.
Eureka capped a big weekend with a 48-39 win over Division-I Napa in the Piner tournament decider.
Sophia Chalmers, who is enjoying an outstanding start to the new season, was named tournament MVP, scoring six points in the championship game.
Kellina Pratton finished with a team-high 16 points in the win, while teammate Carly Boynton finished with 10 points.
Both were named all-tournament.
“The girls played well,” head coach Michael Harvey said. “They didn’t quit and they finished the game well.”
They also showed some versatility.
“One of the changes we made was we pulled our pressure off and went to a zone, and (Napa) had trouble scoring after that,” Harvey added.
Mailia Guilbert, who is also enjoying a strong start to the new season, finished with eight points in the win, six of them in the third quarter, as the impressive Loggers improved to 5-1.
St. Bernard’s, Fortuna win
St. Bernard’s also won a tournament championship, getting the better of the host school at the Marin Academy tournament by a score of 50-24.
The win lifts the Crusaders to 4-0 on the young season.
Likewise with the Huskies, who defeated Red Bluff 48-38 in the championship game at the Anderson Tip-Off Classic.
The Huskies began tournament play with a 35-24 win over Corning on Thursday and followed that with a 36-28 win over West Valley.
Head coach Scott Betts described the opening two games as defensive battles.
Gracie Betts led the Huskies offensively in the championship game, finishing with13 points while Charlotte Carroll had 10 points and Morgan Murray seven.
Red Bluff is coached by former HSU standout Janay Twitchell.
“Both teams played extremely hard,” Scott Betts said. “It was an outstanding team effort by the Lady Huskies to get a hard-fought win.”
McKenzie Emmons continued her big start to the season with an impressive tournament, as the Huskies improved to 4-0.
Emmons, Lilly Shelton and Moncerrat Bernal each finished with four points in Saturday’s win.
The Arcata Tigers also were in action on Saturday, falling 55-45 to Foothill at their own tournament.
It was Arcata’s first loss in four games this season.
McKinleyville 62, Mazama 41
One day after losing to Arcata by two points, the Panthers responded by defeating Mazama 62-41 to close out the Arcata tournament.
Rayn Tripp led the Panthers with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Cameron Heenan finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Hope Kinny also had a big game for the Mack girls, particularly defensively, finishing with seven steals and eight points.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 1-3.
Kathryn Tinney and Hailee Henry each added eight points for Mack, while Rian Heenan had seven points.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.