South Fork’s Lady Cubs opened their basketball season with a dominant 46-14 win in Laytonville last Monday and then a come-from-behind 37-31 win in Fort Bragg on Tuesday in the North Coast Section’s annual scholarship fundraiser Foundation Game.
Senior guard Vonai Willison had 9 of her 11 points in the second half to lead South Fork’s attack against Laytonville. Junior guard Trisha Harrison and junior forward Kayla Kercher both had 9, junior forward Kassie Humphrey had 8, senior guard Tristan Jeffers and junior center Brianna Finney had 4 points each, and freshman guard Emma Valk hit a free throw.
South Fork 20 4 14 8 46
Laytonville 2 2 4 6 14
On Tuesday South Fork Found themselves down by 10 at the half in Fort Bragg but made some adjustments in the locker room and came out on fire to take control of the game and outscore the Lady Wolves 26-10 in the second half.
"We had better help on defense and shut down their best player," said head coach Dave Bushnell. "I think we surprised them with our tenacity," he added, pleased that the team whose practice time has been limited by its volleyball players’ post-season commitments is already showing comeback character.
Finney led the team in scoring with 11 of her 14 points in the second half, Harrison had 11 and Humphrey had 10.
"This is going to be a very competitive team," says Bushnell. "Our starting five are very strong." With the rest of the roster possessing good heads for the game and working hard to polish the fundamentals he feels the Lady Cubs will be able to play with anyone this year.
Next up was a rematch at home against Laytonville last night (results not available at press time) and a trip to Potter Valley today. This weekend the Lady Cubs will travel to Kelseyville for their first tournament of the season.