NCS boys basketball
D-6 No. 4 Ferndale 54 No. 5 Emery 51
Ferndale will get a third shot at St. Bernard’s.
The Wildcats (17-11) downed visiting Emery 54-51 in the NCS quarterfinal round behind 12 points from Javier Lopez and another 10 from Emmitt Albee.
Ferndale will face St. Bernard’s in the semifinal round on Wednesday, a team which it fell by double-digits too in both regular season meetings. With Saturday’s win the Wildcats qualify for the NorCal state playoffs.
D-6 No. 3 South Fork 65 No. 6 SF Waldorf 48
South Fork is through to the semifinal-round of the NCS D-6 playoffs after downing visiting San Francisco Waldorf 65-48 Saturday night.
South Fork (15-11) trailed by two points at halftime before outscoring the visitors 25-8 in the third quarter, a run which powered the Cubs to a state playoff berth as they are now in the final four of their section division.
Alex Harding led South Fork with 222 points including eight in the third quarter. Oliver Tatton added 14 points and Cameron Messenger, 13.
D-4 No. 8 Eureka at No. 1 Piedmont
Fresh off the program’s first playoff win since 2008, Eureka saw its season come to a close Saturday night with an 83-67 loss at Piedmont.
Cahliel Garner led Eureka (18-11) with 16 points while Jaeden Thayer chipped in 14.
D-4 No. 4 SF University Prep 65 No. 5 Del Norte 58
The Del Norte boys basketball team dropped Saturday’s road NCS playoff game at Kezar Pavilion 65-58 to University, snapping a 20-game win-streak and ending what was a memorable run for the Warriors.
Del Norte led 22-16 at halftime but lost its lead heading into the fourth after University as a team made five 3-pointers and outscored the Warriors 22-14 in the frame.
Omar Banuelos led Del Norte (23-2) with 27 points while Kaleb Price added 14.
D-4 No. 2 Marin Catholic 72 No. 7 Arcata 66 (OT)
Arcata missed a go-ahead free-throw with two seconds remaining in regulation and was outdone 9-3 in overtime in a 72-66 NCS playoff loss at Marin Catholic Saturday night.
Arcata (20-10) trailed by 13 points entering the fourth quarter. The Tigers proceeded to outscore Marin Catholic 22-9 over the final frame to push the contest into overtime.
Brandon Bento-Jackson led Arcata with 14 points including three 3-pointers. Marcus Benson chipped in 13 in the loss.
NCS girls basketball
D-6 No. 3 Marin Catholic 44 No. 6 Fortuna 30
Fortuna’s defense kept the Huskies close for a quarter but Marin Catholic proved too much to contain from the second frame on as Fortuna fell 44-30 in Saturday’s NCS playoff game.
Marin Catholic outscored the Huskies 21-8 in the second quarter to build a lead which it would not surrender. Fortuna scored single digit point totals in three of four quarters.
Charlotte Carroll led the Huskies (24-4) with 12 point in the season-ending loss.
D-6 No. 1 Saint Mary’s 64 No. 8 St. Bernard’s 36
The Lady Crusaders’ inaugural season in D-4 came to a close Saturday night with a 64-38 loss at Saint Mary’s.
Saulele Tanuvasa led St. Bernard’s with 11 points while Mackenzie Finck chipped in 10.
St. Bernard’s fell behind 17-5 after one quarter and trailed 34-17 at the break en route to the loss.
D-6 No. 2 Calistoga 46 No. 7 Ferndale 45
Trailing 24-18 at halftime, Ferndale clawed back to within 30-29 of Calistoga entering the fourth quarter before leading by as much as five points, 43-38, with under three minutes to play.
With 17 seconds to play Ferndale led 45-44 but missed two free-throws, leaving the door open for Calistoga which squeaked in a game-winning layup just before the buzzer.
No. 5 Chico State took two from the Humboldt State softball team 17-1 (5) and 10-5 Saturday afternoon in a CCAA doubleheader at the HSU Softball Field. Danica Grier drove in three runs for the Lumberjacks while Micaela Harris scored three runs for Humboldt (4-11).
Women’s college basketball – Stanislaus 65 Humboldt State 63
The Lady ‘Jacks led 63-55 with 2:48 to play before Stanislaus went on a 10-0 run to close out the game and steal a win.
Alexia Thrower led Humboldt with 29 points and 11 rebounds in the loss while Sandin Kidder had 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.
Humboldt (15-11, 11-10) is currently in eight-place and cannot fall any lower in the CCAA standings, so a postseason conference tournament spot was not on the line Saturday night.
Men’s college basketball – Humboldt State 79 Stanislaus 64
Humboldt snapped a four-game losing streak with a 79-64 win at Stanislaus Saturday night.
Leland Green led Humboldt (9-17, 5-16) with 30 points in the win while Robert Lewis dropped in 16 and Isaiah Pope, 10.
Junior college softball
The College of the Redwoods softball team dropped both legs of its Saturday doubleheader at San Jose City College but scores of 8-2 and 4-0.
Karyn Jensen had three hits on the afternoon for Redwoods (7-8). Lindsey Scott started both games at pitcher and took the loss in both.
With Saturday’s losses Redwoods finishes its weekend road trip 0-4.