The South Fork varsity girls had two home games in a row this week hosting the Laytonville Warriors and the St. Bernard’s Crusaders.
South Fork started off slow against Laytonville with neither team able to score for the first three minutes. Once the Cubs got on the board they never let up finishing the first quarter ahead by a score of 11-4. South Fork’s defense dominated the first quarter.
The Cubs kept the heat on in the second with good solid defense led by senior Brianna Finney who blocked several shots. South Fork also never let up on offense taking a lead of 27-9 late in the first. The Warriors were able to score two straight baskets to finish the half in double digits but were still down 27-13.
In the second half the Cubs defense continued to thrive holding the Warriors scoreless for the first four minutes of the third. The Cubs continued to put up points outscoring Laytonville 12-4 and showed great control by not committing a foul the entire quarter.
Starting the fourth up 39-17, coach Dave Bushnell was able to give his three-star seniors a rare break subbing them out in turns allowing for a lot of playing time from the Cubs bench. The Lady Cubs finished off the Warriors by a final score of 53-25.
Trisha Harrison - 15
Kassie Humphrey - 15
Brianna Finney - 10
Kylee Teasley - 6
Shondra Moser - 4
Emma Valk - 3
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In their second home game of the week the South Fork Lady Cubs hosted the St. Bernard’s Crusaders. Despite playing a solid game the Cubs came up just short.
South Fork finished the first quarter leading 14-12 and finished the half down by one, 26-25 in a very even back and forth half.
The Cubs offense was a little slow in the third and they were outscored by St Bernard’s 14-8 falling behind by seven points, 40-33 heading into the fourth.
South Fork lost their defensive standout, senior Brianna Finney halfway through the fourth but the girls off the bench stepped up in her absence.
The Cubs took another blow in the fourth when freshman Shondra Moser injured her knee with two minutes remaining in the game. "Her injury was unfortunate," coach Dave Bushnell said, "Unfortunate for Shondra and unfortunate for the team. Hopefully she will be back." With the foul out and the injury the Cubs had every single available player on the floor for the last two minutes.
With four seconds left the Cubs were down by four when Kassie Humphrey hit two foul shots to put the game within a basket. South Fork was forced to foul on the inbound and the Crusaders scored one of their two free throws to end the game with St Bernard’s ahead by a final score of 54-51. Trisha Harrison had a great game from the field scoring a team-high 19 points.
"The girls played a very good game." coach Bushnell said, "I was glad everyone got to score. [The Laytonville game] was a good win for us. The St. Bernard’s game was a true test of who we are and we were in it right until the end."
The Cubs travel to Ferndale Friday at 4:30.
Trisha Harrison - 19
Kassie Humphrey - 9
Brianna Finney - 8
Emma Valk - 7
Shondra Moser - 5
Kylee Teasley - 2
Lily Farrell - 1
PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE BUSHNELL
1. Kassie Humphrey (24) prepares to pass the ball the to Trisha Harrison (21), as Emma Valk (4) puts up a screen against St. Bernard’s in Miranda.
2. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE BUSHNELL
South Fork’s JV girls in Miranda against St. Bernard’s last week.
3. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUZANNE VANMETER
Mckenzie Crenshaw (44) with a shot that draws the foul in heavy Laytonville traffic.