South Fork’s JV girls are counting their successes in baby steps this year as another winless week saw them making positive strides in a variety of ways in spite of their 0-7 record.
In a rematch against Laytonville who beat the Cubs 28-14 two weeks ago, South Fork cut the margin to just four points in last Monday’s 26-22 loss.
"This was a huge improvement over our first game against Laytonville," said head coach Taylor Morrow. "We switched to a zone defense with virtually no instruction and we won the second half."
Sophomore guard DJ Sterling had 13 points and made 3 of 4 free throws down the 4th quarter stretch. Sophomore Kylie Teasley added 4 points and Dakota Stafslien made a free throw.
Laytonville 10 8 4 4 26
South Fork 4 2 7 9 22
On Tuesday South Fork traveled to Potter Valley and played their closest game of the season, losing 27-26. "We should have won that game," said Morrow. "It was missed free throws that cost us the win," he added, noting that Potter made five free throws in the fourth quarter while South Fork missed every time they shot from the line.
"Lack of experience makes it hard for us be able to finish a game and win."
Nevertheless, the team is learning and had a chance to play Potter Valley again last night (results unavailable at press time.
Teasley was high scorer for the JVs with 7 points, followed by McKenzie Crenshaw with 6, Stafslien with 5, Sterling with 4, Antonia Navarrete with a bucket and Melissa Pemberton and Sydney Stephens with a free throw each.
South Fork 6 3 5 12 26
Potter Valley 4 3 9 11 27
Friday and Saturday The Lady Cub JVs hosted the annual Rotary Cub Classic in Miranda, a gathering of local big school freshmen teams and small school JVs. South Fork lost all three of its games, but Crenshaw was named to the all-tournament team and was a stand out for her fine sportsmanship and leadership throughout the event.
The Cubs lost in the opening round to Fortuna 25-9. "We took ourselves out of this one with two players fouling out," said Morrow.
Missed free throws continued to plague the Cubs as well. Sterling had 4 points, Crenshaw had 3 and Navarrete had a bucket.
Next the Cubs faced Hoopa on Saturday morning and lost 33 -6. Unable to score in the first half the team "did not play up the level we are capable of," said Morrow. "We were flat and had no fire."
The bright spot in the game was sophomore Lily Farrell, just joining the team after an absence early in the season who had all six of South Fork’s points, much to the delight of the home crowd.
"I was great see Lily take control offensively," said Morrow, and with 2 starters in foul trouble again, the Cubs needed the boost she provided.
South Fork 0 0 4 2 6
Hoopa 9 9 6 9 33
In the last round the Lady Cubs had their best chance of pulling out a win and lost by just 5 points to St. Bernard’s 31-26. South Fork was a paltry 3 for 10 from the line in the fourth quarter while St. Bernard’s missed only one free throw in the period. "We should have won the game," said Morrow. "We played better defense, rebounded better, and had a few fast breaks. I’m glad we’ll see them again during the season because we should be able to beat them."
Sterling was on fire with 17 points, Teasley had 4, Navarrete and Crenshaw each had a bucket and Farrell hit a free throw.
St. Bernard’s 8 7 11 5 31
South Fork 3 12 4 7 26
Arcata won the tourney over McKinleyville with Eureka taking the consolation and Fortuna winning 3rd place.