South Fork’s varsity girls’ basketball team played a road game on the last day of school before winter break, Friday, Dec. 21, losing to Clearlake 56-51.
In a very physical contest the Lady Cubs held a lead through three quarters but when three starters fouled out with four minutes left in the fourth the wheels came off and Clearlake pulled ahead to win it before a raucous home crowd.
"They kept the pressure on us the whole game," said head coach Dave Bushnell. "We handled it very well until the fourth quarter." Bushnell reported that both teams were into the double bonus (committing more than 10 personal fouls) in each half and that one Clearlake player fouled out while several others were carrying four fouls late in the game. "They had nine players who fouled," said Bushnell, whose bench is not deep enough to spread around the aggressive play.
Bushnell was pleased with junior forward Brianna Finney’s effort at staving off the physicality under the hoop while scoring 11 points, and noted that freshman guard Emma Valk had a breakout performance scoring a season high 11 points and going 5 for 8 from the free throw line. Junior Kassie Humphrey had 7 points. Senior Vonai Willison added 6, as did junior Trisha Harrison.
South Fork played in the Rincon Valley’s Holiday Classic over the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s, but results were not available at press time. The team got its first look at Ferndale in the tourney, and was placed in the same side of the bracket making for a likely match-up between the Humboldt-Del Norte Little Four conference rivals. Going into the tourney the Lady Cubs’ record was 11-3.
South Fork 16 15 14 6 51
Clearlake 8 11 15 22 56