By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Wednesday night's game at Hoopa may have ended in a 48-42 loss, but Del Norte High girls head basketball coach Buzz McCulloch was pleased with how his squad performed.
"It was a really physical game and we lost it in the end," he said. "The girls played hard."
McCulloch said the game was truly "a battle," with both teams playing very aggressive basketball.
The Del Norte Warriors (4-6) played tough, pressuring defense and were able to hold onto a 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter against the Hoopa Warriors. By the half, the score was tied at 23 apiece.
At the end of the third quarter, Del Norte was down 33-32.
In the fourth quarter, McCulloch said Hoopa was able to covert on several free throw attempts to pull away for the win.
Hoopa went 14-for-28 from the line compared to 3-for-12 for Del Norte.
McCulloch believed this was a major reason for his team's loss.
With about six seconds left and the score 44-42, A Del Norte player got hit hard going up for a shot, and no foul was called.
McCulloch received a technical for arguing with the referee, with Hoopa converting all four shots for the 48-42 victory.
Following the Hoopa game, the girl's squad competes at the Enterprise tournament in Redding.
Today, Del Norte faces host Enterprise High at 7 p.m.
The Warriors have lost to Enterprise two years straight.
McCulloch said he was encouraged by Wednesday's game and hopes his team continues to improve.
"I think the girls are playing better," he said.
Lauryn Lesina led Del Norte scorers with 15 points.
The girls junior varsity team fared better, defeating Hoopa 49-9.
Tonight, the boys varsity and junior varsity squads are playing at Ferndale.
The junior varsity team begins play at 6 p.m., while the varsity boys tip off versus Ferndale at 7:30 p.m.