The Eureka High girls basketball team picked up a win in its Big 5 Conference home opener, defeating visiting Arcata 46-35 Tuesday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.
Sophia Chalmers gave Eureka (15-5, 2-1) a 2-0 lead not 10 seconds into the game after collecting the opening tip-off from teammate Carly Boynton.
It would be the only points scored for nearly four minutes as Arcata (9-8, 1-1) made up for whatever play-making ability the young club might be missing in sheer defensive intensity.
Grace Talty has two blocks in the first-quarter to help keep Eureka out of rhythm on offense but a pair of buckets by Loggers’ forward Malia Guilbert with under a minute to play in the opening frame gave Eureka an 11-3 advantage heading into the second. Guilbert finished with a game-high 13 points.
Eureka’s defense was all but suffocating Tuesday night as the Tigers made one field-goal in the game’s first 10 minutes.
Chalmers drained a 3-pointer on Eureka’s first trip down the court in the second quarter and Kellina Pratton followed it up with a layup to give the home team a 16-3 cushion.
Arcata’s Jocelyn Bliven cut Eureka’s lead to eight, 22-14, with just over a minute to play in the second after converting a pair of shots from the charity strip, but it would be as close as the Tigers would get for the remainder of play.
Eureka kept Arcata from scoring for the first four minutes of the third quarter, taking a 29-14 lead before Railsback connected on a 3-ball.
Eureka head coach Mike Harvey credited Keylei Carroll for coming off the bench in the third frame and ratcheting up the Loggers’ defensive intensity. She finished with nine points.
Chalmers scored 11 on the night for Eureka.
Bliven and Isabella Volz-Broughton each scored six points for Arcata.
McKinleyville (4-11, 0-2) at Eureka, Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Del Norte at Arcata, Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Fortuna 53 Del Norte 31
The Fortuna High girls basketball team made a state on the road in Crescent City Tuesday night, handing the defending Big 5 champions Del Norte a 53-31 loss.
The win counts as Fortuna’s (17-1, 3-0) 11th in a row as the Huskies are now in sole possession of first-place in the Big 5.
“The girls played amazing defense tonight,” Fortuna head coach Scott Betts said.
Fortuna held Del Norte to 13 points in the first half including all of two in the second quarter.
Moncerrat Bernal scored 13 points for Fortuna in the win while Charlotte Carroll chipped in 12. Gracie Betts and McKenzie Emmons each added nine more.
Jadence Clifton led Del Norte with 10 points and nearly logged a triple-double, finishing with 10 rebounds and 7 steals.
Fortuna lived at the free-throw line Tuesday night, making 17-of-24 attempts. Del Norte shot all of four free-throws on the night and made one.
Arcata (9-8, 1-1) at Fortuna, Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Del Norte (9-7, 0-2) at Arcata, Thursday 7:30 p.m.