South Fork’s JV girls were wound a little too tight in Friday afternoon’s final contest of the season and struggled to put together the quality effort they had come to expect of themselves since league play began at the start of the year. They lost to Ferndale 39-28 to finish with a league record of 3-3, in second place behind undefeated Hoopa Valley.
For a team that had been winless in the pre-season after there being no JV girls’ team at all last year the pressure of a home game before a large crowd proved daunting for the Lady Cubs. Ferndale’s high-pressure defense caused turnovers and South Fork’s hastily taken shots could not find the basket while their defense made costly errors of impatience. They were 8 for 23 from the free throw line and two key players fouled out.
"I would have liked to have not lost because Ferndale was the better team," said head coach Taylor Morrow. "These girls have come so far this season and matured so much, but they don’t have the experience to know how to feel in front of a big crowd when the pressure is on. It was hard to just relax and play the game."
For a team that managed to stick together through loss after loss in the pre-season, keeping and achieving the goal of a successful league season was a character-building task. Stringing together 5 strong performances in league play was more than Morrow hoped for.
"I’m extremely happy with what we’ve accomplished this season," he added. "We achieved the goals we set for ourselves and the girls will always remember that."
Sophomore DJ Sterling led the team in scoring with 14 points, followed by sophomore Kylee Teasley with 8, sophomore Lily Farrell with 4 and sophomore Melissa Pemberton with two.
Ferndale -9 -9 -13 -8 --39
South Fork -3 -11 -5 -9 --28
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE BUSHNELL
Lily Farrel, No. 3, was kept to only 4 points against a tough Ferndale team.