By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Throughout the year, Del Norte High head coach Buzz McCulloch has preached to his team the importance of playing an entire 32 minutes of solid basketball.
Unfortunately, the Warriors were able to come up with only 24 minutes Wednesday evening, falling to Arcata 41-32.
After being able to stay in the game for three quarters and down by only four, Del Norte (5-10) fell apart in the fourth quarter.
Several turnovers, missed shots and passes that whizzed out of bounds was too much for the team to overcome as Del Norte fell behind by as many as 15 points.
"All of a sudden it was like we couldn't run our offense," McCulloch said. " They would look solid one play, and on the next it was like they did not know what they were doing."
In the fourth, the Warriors turned the ball over 18 times.
The game started well for Del Norte, with both teams playing good defense and hustling for loose balls. With neither squad able to make many baskets, the Warriors took a 6-5 first quarter lead.
The game went back and fourth in the second quarter, with Arcata able to pull away for a 15-10 lead at the half.
In the third, after being down by six, Lauryn Lesina drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 24-22, as the home crowd cheered the Warriors on.
Although the game was frustrating at times, McCulloch commended his team for being tenacious throughout the game. "They didn't give up," he said. "They played hard.."
Michelle Stacey led Warrior scorers with nine points.
Warriors next play on Friday at McKinleyville.