South Fork’s Lady Cubs lost two and won one in local tournament action over the weekend co-hosted by Ferndale and St. Bernard’s.
On Thursday night the Lady Cubs lost by 2 points to Hoopa Valley, 46-44. "You can’t miss lay ups and give up lay-ups and expect to win," said head coach Dave Bushnell. A poor performance at the free throw line hurt South Fork as well; they were a mere 6 for 15 on the night. "Their (Hoopa’s) big girl (Jernigham) scored 26 points and we needed to do more to stop her."
Bushnell expects to do better against the Lady Warriors the next time he sees them in the Humboldt Del Norte Little Four League opener on January 4th. Junior Trisha Harrison led Cubs’ scoring with 16, junior Kassie Humphrey added 11, senior Vonai Willison scored 7, junior Brianna Finney had 6, junior Kayla Kercher and freshman Emma Valk had a bucket apiece.
South Fork 10 8 13 13 44
Hoopa Valley 11 7 10 18 46
Next up for the Cubs on Friday night was a 21-point victory over Laytonville 56-35. "Everyone got to play," said Bushnell, "and we ran the floor very well." Willison had a career-high 19 points "and did a great job running the offense all night." Humphrey added 12 points, Kercher had 9, Finney and junior Teagan Bullock had 4 each, senior Tristan Jeffers and junior Brianna Rolff each had a bucket and usual point guard Harrison, who warmed the bench much of the game, made a free throw.
South Fork 20 15 15 6 56
Laytonville 10 8 7 8 35
On Saturday the Cubs faced Cloverdale, whom they had beaten 38-27 in the consolation final in Kelseyville High’s tourney just 2 weeks ago. This time Cloverdale would prevail 40-25 in one of South Fork’s poorest offensive showings of the season so far. "Cloverdale played a high pressure man-to-man defense and we failed to run an offense," said Bushnell. "Their defense got us flustered and out of sync," he added, citing general fatigue among his players after a grueling pre-season schedule during which the team has often played more games in a given week than held practice.
Humphrey led Cubs’ scoring with 8, Harrison had 5, Willison had 4, and Finney, Kercher, Valk, and Jeffers had two points apiece.
Cloverdale 5 16 11 8 40
South Fork 6 9 4 6 25
Bushnell intends to devote more upcoming practice time to offense, especially to beefing up post play and converting more free throws. Of the weekend’s tough results he said, "It would have been nice to walk out of the gym with a win over Hoopa, but we will not lose to them again."
This week South Fork plays at Arcata on Wednesday and then will travel to Rincon Valley Christian High School in Santa Rosa for their annual Holiday Classic Tournament on December 27-29. The Lady Cubs’ record is now 11-3.