A tenacious Del Norte High girls basketball squad held tough against Arcata on the road Thursday evening, losing 40-38 on a last-second shot.

With 14 seconds left in the game, and the score knotted up at 38 apiece, the Tigers went down the court looking for the last shot of the contest.

With 3.4 seconds left on the clock, Arcata got the ball down to an open player, who was able to get the ball into the basket for the winning score.

andquot;It was a tough loss, but the girls played hard,andquot; head coach Buzz McCulloch said. andquot;It was a close game. They battled the whole game.andquot;

The contest started off slowly for the Warriors, who trailed 12-8 after the first quarter.

andquot;We were playing hard, but we just couldn't get the ball to bounce in,andquot; McCulloch said.

The second quarter also proved to be difficult for Del Norte. By the end of the half, the Warriors were looking at a 20-13 deficit.

In the second half, the Warriors came out with a purpose and narrowed the gap to 29-27 by the end of the third period.

andquot;I told them we would have to come out tough and we did and were able to come back,andquot; McCulloch said.

In the fourth, Del Norte was able to keep pace, tying the game several times, but was unable to take the lead, before losing in the finals seconds.

Sophomore Michelle Stacey and senior Kristie Gavin led Warrior scorers with 12 points each.

Senior Alyssa Luna had five points.

The Warriors dropped to 6-14 overall and 0-6 in the Big 5 Conference.

Del Norte finishes up the season next week with a game at home versus McKinleyville on Feb. 8. On Feb. 10, the team faces Eureka on the road.

The freshman girls game also went to the wire, with the Warriors able to come out on the winning end.

With less than a second left, Heather Thomas got the rebound and put the ball in for the score to win the game 31-30.

Thomas led Del Norte scorers with 23 points. The girls improved to 7-2 for the year. The Warrior junior varsity girls also won it game against Arcata.

-Triplicate Staff