By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Warriors did many things right Tuesday night against Fortuna.
The team passed the ball well, cut back on its turnovers, was tenacious on rebounds, and played well on defense.
The problem was the shots would not fall in, as Del Norte (6-13) lost 52-37 to Fortuna at home, dropping to 0-5 in Big 5 Conference play.
The Warriors shot only 13-for-49 from the field for the game.
andquot;I thought we played decent,andquot; Del Norte girls head coach Buzz McCulloch said. andquot;I feel the girls played hard and played good, tough defense. The problem was our shots didn't drop.andquot;
In the first quarter, the Warrior girls came out sharp and focused, causing turnovers, going hard on the boards, and hustling to the floor for loose balls.
andquot;I told the girls we had to come out focused,andquot; McCulloch said,
By the end of the first, Del Norte was down by only five points, 16-11.
In the second, the Warriors continued to play well on defense and on the boards, but the shots would just not drop, as Fortuna continued to build it's lead.
The Warriors did not score their first points of the quarter until Kaylie Rook made a basket with just under three minutes left in the half to cut the lead to 22-13. By the half, the Huskies led 30-18.
In the second half, it was more of the same as the Warriors had several shots at the basket, but the ball bounced out more than it went in as the Huskies took a commanding 46-29 lead at the end of the third. In the fourth, while the Warriors were able to to prevent the Huskies from scoring much, limiting them to six points, the deficit was too much to overcome. Michelle Stacey led Del Norte scorers with eight points. Kristie Gavin chipped in seven points.
In the junior varsity game, Del Norte lost to Fortuna by the score of 54-37. The freshman girls team also lost its game.