Lesina leads Del Norte with 18
MCKINLEYVILLE — The Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team concluded the season on Friday against Big 5 Conference power McKinleyville.
The Warriors lost the contest 62-41 to end the year at 12-13 overall and 1-7 in the Big 5. The Panthers ended the regular season 8-0 in the Big 5 and 23-2 overall.
Del Norte was the underdog going in after losing in their first meeting in Crescent City 63-30 on Jan. 27. Head coach Buzz McCulloch commended his team for coming in with a positive attitude and giving it their all.
“It was a good team effort,” he said. “We held them to under what they beat us by at home ... We didn’t go down without a fight.”
The Warriors trailed 17-8 after the first quarter and were down 39-20 at the half.
In the third quarter the Panthers outscored the Warriors 10-6, while Del Norte was able to get 15 points compared to 13 for McKinleyville in the final quarter.
Warrior senior Lauryn Lesina had another good game and paced Del Notre with 18 points. In all but one game this year Lesina has lead the team in scoring.
Senior Lexie Nelson had 10 points, while senior Ariana Spalding had six points. Junior Gabby Zepeda finished with five points and senior Katy Suzuki had two points.
McCulloch said his squad held the Panthers’ star player, Washington State bound Sage Romberg, to 13 points
The 12 wins for Del Norte was a marked improvement from the eight wins the year before when the Warriors went winless in the Big 5.
Del Norte played its final home game of the year on Wednesday against Arcata in a double overtime battle, with the Warriors losing 48-47. While disappointed with that loss, McCulloch was pleased with the improvements shown this year.
“I thought we had a pretty good year,” he said. “All in all it was a good group of girls. They played well together and got along both on and off the court.”