By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
HOOPA Down by 10 with a little under three minutes remaining, the Del Norte High varsity girls team mounted a comeback, capped off with a three-pointer by Baille Mc-Culloch at the buzzer to give them a 42-41 win over Hoopa Wednesday.
"It was a great comeback," head coach Buzz McCulloch said. "We didn't give up... It was just a good team effort by all the girls."
The team came out of the gate sluggish, missing several easy shots and trailed 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. By the half, Del Norte had cut the lead to two.
The DN Warriors were able to keep things close until the fourth when Hoopa began to pull away and took a 10-point lead.
At that point, McCulloch said the team started to make shots and played tight pressuring defense.
McCulloch said he kept rotating girls on and off the bench, using quicker players when they were on defense and bringing in bigger girls for the offensive plays.
With about five seconds left, Del Norte found itself down by one. Grabbing a rebound after a missed free throw, the squad raced down the court when Baille Mcculloch drained the open three-pointer as time expired to give the team the win.
"Everyone just went wild," Buzz McCulloch said.
The victory improves Del Norte to 7-7 for the season, already giving them one more win than last year.
Natasha Short led DN Warrior scorers with 13 points, including going 6-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Robyn Suzuki had seven points while Michelle Stacey and Brigitte Pingree had six points each. The girls start a three game tournament in Redding today against Oroville.
In the junior varsity game, Del Norte won 48-30 to improve to 7-3 for the year.
The Warriors raced to a 10- point half time lead and were able to expand their advantage in the second half.
Heather Thomas led Del Norte scorers with 11 points. Katelyn Sanderson had eight points Breanna Swinger had seven and Katy Suzuki had six points.