By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Down by only two points in the third quarter, the Warriors were unable to orchestrate a comeback Tuesday evening, falling to Eureka at home 51-37.
The loss drops Del Norte to 0-4 in the Big 5 Conference and 5-12 overall.
The win was the first conference victory of the season for the Loggers.
A key factor in the loss was turnovers, with the Warriors turning the ball over 31 times in the game.
andquot;We battled back within two in the third and we then have four to five turnovers in a row,andquot; Warriors head coach Buzz McCulloch said. andquot;It's real frustrating. The girls are frustrated too.andquot;
In the first quarter, Del Norte played well on the defensive end, getting rebounds, causing turnovers and not letting Eureka get to the basket.
But Del Norte was unable to do much on offense, missing easy baskets and turning the ball over.
andquot;If you don't make shots under the hoop and near the basket, you're not going to win ball games,andquot; McCulloch said.
By the end of the first quarter, the Loggers were up 10-3.
In the second, the Warriors came out a little bit sharper, with the team able to contain Eureka, for the most part. But turnovers and not being able to get baskets continued to plague the Warriors.
On several occasions, Del Norte was able to hustle on the boards and gain the offensive rebound, but the ball could never seem to get in on multiple tries.
By the end of the half, the Warriors were still in the game, trailing 20-14.
The start of the third quarter was delayed for several minutes due to a malfunctioning scoreboard.
When play resumed, the Warriors came out sharp, with the ball going into the basket. A score by Ronni Scott cut the lead to 20-18 early in the third.
But Del Norte got cold from the floor again and fell behind 25-18.
A 3-pointer by Alyssa Luna cut the Loggers lead to 25-21 with about five minutes left in the quarter.
Throughout the rest of the quarter, Eureka took control and was able to build a 38-29 lead by the end of the third.
In the fourth quarter, things got worse for the Warriors, who did not score until about three minutes left in the contest.
By that point, the Loggers had taken a commanding 46-31 lead, as they cruised the rest of the way for the win.
Kristie Gavin led Del Norte scorers with 10 points.
Lauryn Lesina had nine points.
The Warriors freshman girls squad improved to 6-1 for the year with a 58-42 victory over Eureka.
Heather Thomas led Del Norte scorers with 18 points.
In the junior varsity game, Del Norte lost to Eureka 44-41.