A strong second half punctuated by the hustle of senior Vonai Willison and junior Brianna Finney gave South Fork’s varsity girls a 47-40 win over Humboldt Del Norte Little Four Conference rival St. Bernard’s Thursday night in Miranda.
Finney scored a team-leading 15 points and was strong on the boards at both ends while she and Willison caused countless St. Bernard’s miscues with their tireless ball hawking down the stretch.
Junior Trisha Harrison scored 8 of her 13 points and Willison scored all 9 of hers in the second half after a frustrating first half for both of them.
Down by 5 at halftime, coach Dave Bushnell’s decision to switch up his defense also helped turn things around for the Lady Cubs. "We started off in a zone trap but things went better for us when we switched to man-to-man."
St Bernard’s scoring leader Jocelyn Silvers had 11 points in the first quarter, but Bushnell’s adjustment held her to just 10 more for the rest of the game. He was pleased that despite the slow offensive start his defense managed to keep the score close, enabling the Lady Cubs to finish strong for the win. "We extended our success further every quarter."
The Cubs were battling illness with usual starter junior Kayla Kercher out with the flu and junior Kassie Humphrey starting to come down with it. Senior Tristan Jeffers filled in for Kercher and had a strong performance, scoring 6 second half points. Humphrey made a 3-pointer in the 1st quarter.
South Fork will play two on the road this week, at McKinleyville Tuesday night and at Ferndale on Friday. They are now 1-1 in league and 12-5 over all.
St. Bernard’s -13 -8 -9 -10 --40
South Fork -8 -8 -14 -17 --47