South Fork’s JV girls lost three games last week, but continue to improve and show signs of the potential to compete in Humboldt Del Norte Little Four Conference play after the first of the year.
It was a big week for sophomore Kylee Teasley and junior Dakota Stafslein who had strong performances at Eureka High’s tournament on Saturday.
Teasley hit two 3-pointers and cut down the team’s turnovers significantly as she distributed the ball much more effectively. "She handled the 1 on 1 pressure very well," said head coach Taylor Morrow of Teasley’s game against Eureka, which the Cubs lost 30-23. "If there had been an all-tourney team, she would have been named to it," Morrow added.
Sophomore DJ Sterling added 6 points, as did Stafslien, sophomore McKenzie Crenshaw had 2 points, sophomore Melissa Pemberton was 2 for 2 from the free throw line and sophomore Lily Farrell added a free throw.
Eureka 8 4 9 9 30
South Fork 0 4 6 13 23
South Fork’s next opponent on the day was Arcata who crushed the Cubs 48-14. "Kylee (Teasley) took good care of the ball, Dakota (Stafslien) had some big minutes getting a lot of rebounds and second chance shots, and Melissa (Pemberton) was solid on D,"said Morrow. He’s proud of the girls for not getting downhearted in such a one-sided contest.
Sterling was top scorer with 8 points, Stafslien and Teasley had 2 apiece, Crenshaw and Farrell each added a free throw.
Arcata 10 5 19 14 48
South Fork 6 0 7 1 14
Earlier in the week the JVs fell for the second time to Potter Valley in a rematch of a close game that Morrow had hoped would be the team’s first win.
"We got into foul trouble and they capitalized at the line," he said. Sterling had 13 points, Teasley had 5, Crenshaw had 4 and Pemberton hit a free throw.
Potter Valley 8 9 7 8 32
South Fork 5 6 4 8 23
This weekend the JVs will play at Arcata’s tournament and will open Friday night against Del Norte’s freshmen. Morrow remains optimistic: "We’re starting to look like we’re ready to win. Things are starting to come together."