Middle school girls basketball teams from around Del Norte and Humboldt counties met in Crescent City on Saturday for a round robin-style competition.
Crescent Elk, Redwood, McKinleyville and Zane from Eureka all sent an eighth grade and a seventh grade team to the round robin. Winship in Eureka sent only a seventh grade team and Smith River had just an eighth grade team.
It was a day full of difficult competition for the young players.
The Crescent Elk eighth grade team kick off the tournament against Zane. The Cougars were 12-1 coming into the tournament with their only loss coming at the hands of Zane in a championship game earlier in the season. Crescent Elk had previously beaten Zane in a different tournament championship.
On Saturday, Zane got the better of Crescent Elk in the tie breaker, pulling out a 47-36 victory in the Four Square Gym.
The Cougars rebounded with a strong game against McKinleyville in the second of two back-to-back games.
The Crescent Elk seventh grade team lost all three of its games.
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