PHOTOS BY DENISE BONHAM-NEILL
1. Shasta Carr (23) goes up for a layup against Hoopa.
2. Vonai Willison (4) looks for help during the game against Hoopa.
The varsity girls won a thriller at home against Ferndale on Tuesday and then fell to Hoopa at home at Saturday. They now find themselves backing into the HDN’s county championship Niclai Tournament by clinching a tie for third place in the league. The Lady Cubs will play a play-off against the loser of Thursday night’s upcoming St. Bernard’s/Ferndale match-up and then, if victorious, will travel in the first round of the Niclai to the home court of the same match-up’s winner.
An intensity that has at times eluded the Lady Cubs this season was in evidence Tuesday night as South Fork jumped out to an early lead and held on until Ferndale surged in the 3rd quarter. South Fork’s mission was to shut down Ferndale star and former South Fork Athlete Amber Earley who had dominated the Wildcat offense when the league rivals met just weeks ago. The strategy worked as Earley was called for five traveling violations while scoring only 10 points, down from 24 in the January 19 match-up.
Senior forward and guard Breanna Miller took control of the floor displaying sparkling defense at one end and her signature versatility on offense at the other end while scoring a team high 19 points. Junior guard Krissy Pardoski handled the ball for the Lady Cubs and had 16 points of her own, including two clutch three-pointers when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Shasta Carr was a strong presence under the hoop and had 12 points, freshman Brianna Finney’s contributions become more significant each game as she had six points and pulled down a large part of South Fork’s rebounds. Junior guard Kaitlynn Miller added three points and senior center Cheyenne McAllister had a bucket, but it was a late steal when Ferndale was threatening to take charge of the game that was her most important contribution to the win.
Ferndale 7 16 16 15 54
South Fork 13 12 12 21 58
On Saturday the Lady Cubs fell to Hoopa at home and between Hoopa’s championship caliber multi-faceted attack and their swarming defense South Fork could not keep up. Hoopa finishes league play with a 5-1 record and displayed their prowess with a 72-point offensive effort over the Lady Cubs. They exploded for a 34-point 3rd quarter, led by Crissy Robbins who could not miss from behind the arc and ended up with 25 points in the game.
Top scorers for South Fork were Breanna Miller with 15, Carr with 12 and sophomore Vonai Willison and Finney with nine each. McAllister added three points and Pardoski had a bucket. The Lady Cubs will now await the outcome of the Ferndale v. St. Bernard’s game to see whom they will face in the third place play-off next Saturday, time and location to be announced.
Hoopa 10 10 34 18 72
South Fork 6 15 14 19 51