South Fork’s varsity girls could not find the hoop Friday night and lost 37-17 to Ferndale.
The Cubs did well to hold the undefeated Humboldt Del Norte Little Four conference champ Wildcats to a low output of just 37 points, but their own hesitancy on offense netted them just single digits in every quarter with only 5 field goals on the night and 7 of their 17 points coming from the free throw line.
Junior Trisha Harrison had just 7 points and was hounded all night by Ferndale’s tough defender Kendra Losa. Junior Kayla Kercher and senior Vonai Willison had 4 points apiece and junior Kassie Humphrey had a bucket.
South Fork will travel to St. Bernard’s tonight for the opening round of the county’s Niclai Championship Tournament.
"If we show up and play 4 quarters of basketball we can win that game," said head coach Dave Bushnell. "A big part of that will be limiting (Jocelyn) Silvers to less than 20 points." Silvers had 26 points against South Fork last week in the Crusaders’ home win. Tonight’s winner will face Big 5 champion Arcata in Arcata on Thursday.
This Sunday the Lady Cubs, 14-11 over all, have a slim chance to be seeded among the top 16 North Coast Section Division 5 teams and get a berth in the NCS Championship Tournament opening a week from tonight. A win over St. Bernard’s on Tuesday might up their odds.
Ferndale -9 -8 -14 -6 --37
South Fork -3 -6 -4 -4 --17
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE BUSHNELL
Vonai Willison, No. 4, and Kassie Humphrey, No. 13, during play against the Ferndale Wildcats last Friday night.