The Lady Cub JVs lost their opening two games of the season, 28-14 in Laytonville last Monday, and 41-18 in Fort Bragg the next day. The team struggled with the frustrations of inexperience but according to head coach Taylor Morrow, "showed huge improvement despite the scores" over the two-day span. "It’s tough to play back-to-back road games for a young team, and I’m very proud of them for how they matured."
With three Lady Cubs in early foul trouble against Laytonville Morrow was especially pleased with the defense of sophomore Melissa Pemberton who guarded Laytonville’s best player, reading and cutting off screens that were the core of Laytonville’s attack. Sophomore DJ Sterling led South Fork in scoring with 10 points and McKenzie Crenshaw had the other four.
South Fork 6 6 0 2 14
Laytonville 10 3 12 3 28
Traveling to Fort Bragg the next day South Fork took a tough loss, but rallied late in the game forcing Fort Bragg to put its starting five back on the floor when they forced a half dozen turnovers and outscored the home team 6-5 in the 4th quarter.
"What we lack in skill we make up for with competitiveness and will power," said Morrow. "We’ll have success when we start to gain the skill and the professionalism we need. The victories will come."
Sterling was again high scorer for the Lady Cubs with 6 of her 8 points coming while carrying 4 fouls in the fourth quarter. Junior Dakota Stafslein added 4 and Crenshaw, freshman Sydney Stephens and sophomore Kylee Teasley each had a bucket.
South Fork 2 8 2 6 18
Fort Bragg 9 11 16 5 41
Next up for the JVs was a home rematch against Laytonville last night (results unavailable at press time) and a road trip to Potter Valley today. This weekend the Lady Cubs will host the annual Rotary Cub Classic JV tournament and will get a look at the Humboldt Del Norte Little Four JV teams as well as the Big Five freshman squads Friday night and all day Saturday.