South Fork’s Varsity girls played 5 games in 6 days last week and improved their record to 6-1, winning two non-league games and taking the consolation title in Kelseyville High School’s tournament over the weekend.
Last Monday the Cubs beat Laytonville for the second time this season 49-31. "Everyone played well," said head coach Dave Bushnell. "Our defense kind of overwhelmed them."
Junior point guard Trisha Harrison scored 26 points, including three 3-pointers to lead Cub scoring. Senior guard Vonai Willison and junior forward Brianna Finney each had 6 points, junior forward Kayla Kercher had 5, senior Tristan Jeffers, junior Teaghan Bullock and freshman Emma Valk each had a bucket.
Laytonville 6 6 2 17 31
South Fork 13 14 12 10 49
On Tuesday the Lady Cubs traveled to Potter Valley and crushed the home team 59-21. "They had one player who does everything for them," said Bushnell. "She had 20 points and was their only solid player."
The Cubs had 8 different players score, with Harrison leading the way with 20 points. Willison had 11, Kercher had 10, Finney had 6, Valk and Briana Rolff had 4, Libi Hartl and Bullock each added two points.
South Fork 23 10 18 8 59
Potter Valley 2 10 3 6 21
The Lady Cubs barely had time to come home and collect their homework before heading off again to Kelseyville Thursday for the opening round of tournament play against Division 2 Woodside Thursday night.
"We were overwhelmed by their basketball ability," said Bushnell. "We didn’t really get going until the second quarter. They had a quick guard and a couple of big girls and it just got in our heads that (Woodside) was a big school."
Junior Kassie Humphrey had 6 points, Harrison had 5, Willison had 3 and Bullock, Valk and Kercher each had a bucket.
South Fork 0 12 4 4 20
Woodside 14 10 13 8 45
South Fork bounced back strong in the second game Friday night and defeated Cloverdale 38-27 to earn a spot in the consolation final. "We played very well every quarter and it was an extremely physical game," said Bushnell.
The Cubs had to play with 4 starters carrying 4 fouls each in the 4th quarter. Willison was given the assignment of shutting down Cloverdale’s biggest scoring threat who had gone 10 for 11 from the floor in the first half. Willison held her scoreless in the second half.
Harrison again led the team with 19 points and was followed by Finney with 14. Kercher, Valk and Humphrey also scored.
South Fork 9 12 8 9 38
Cloverdale 7 4 7 9 27
Facing yet another bigger school in the consolation final, South Fork squeaked by for a close 32-30 win over Division 4 St. Helena in a very defensive contest.
"Our defense really came through," said Bushnell. We had a hard time getting into their zone and getting good looks and they shut Trisha (Harrison) down at the 3-point line as well."
The Lady Cubs lost the valuable Finney to an eye injury when she went into the stands after a loose ball and subsequently missed her ability to get open in the gaps.
The Lady Cubs had to battle back from an 8-0 1st quarter deficit and then a dominant 2nd quarter gave them the 2-point halftime lead that they managed to hold onto at the final buzzer.
Harrison had 10 points, Humphrey and Kercher had 8 apiece, including a 3-pointer from Kercher at a shot clock buzzer in the 4th that likely help propel South Fork to the win. Willison had 4 and Finney had 2 points before leaving the game.
St. Helena 11 8 9 2 30
South Fork 8 13 6 5 32
Harrison was named to the all tourney team and currently leads South Fork in scoring on the season. As a strong ball handler she usually creates space for herself and shoots off the dribble but is capable of scoring off the pass as well.
Bushnell got a look at Ferndale over the weekend who also were at the tourney and lost to Arcata in the final. "They’ll be tough, but every Little Four game is going to be anybody’s game," he said.
The Cubs faced Potter Valley at home last night (results not available at pres time). On Thursday they travel to Calistoga for another weekend tournament in a bracket of mostly Division 5 schools.
1. The South Fork Lady Cubs varsity team.
2. Trisha Harrison and Damian Alatorre both received all-tourney honors at the Kelseyville tournament.