Bill Choy, The Triplicate

Remain winless in Big Five play

The Del Norte Warriors girls varsity basketball teams struggled in a 60-32 loss to Big 5 Conference rival Eureka at home Wednesday night.

Del Norte appeared out of sync from the start of the contest and never were really in the game.

"We were out-hustled," Del Norte head coach Buzz McCulloch said. "They didn't come out fired up for the game."

Junior Emma Card led Del Norte scorers with 14 points. Junior Brittany Maready had 10 points for Del Norte. Maready, the leading scorer for the Warriors' last year, returned last week against McKinleyville but did not score. She had been out since the second game of the season due to a knee injury.

To start the game the Loggers came out and dominated as they were

able to score frequently against the Warriors. Del Norte could not make

baskets and trailed 17-5 by the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter it was more of the same as the Warriors semeed

to be going through the motions and were unable to get going on both

sides of the ball. With Del Norte down 31-15 with time running out the

Loggers launched a three-pointer that went in to give them a 34-15

advantage at the half.

In the second half the Loggers extended the lead to 55-23 after three

periods of play. In the fourth quarter Eureka scored another

three-pointer at the buzzer to give them the 60-32 win.

Del Norte fell to 3-15 overall and 0-6 in the Big 5. Eureka improved to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the Big 5.

Sydney Benson finished with three points and Panhia Yang and Samantha Swinger each had two points apiece for Del Norte.

In the freshman game the Warriors hung tough, losing by only one to

the Loggers 49-48. In the junior varsity contest Del Norte lost to

Eureka 49-28.

Before the girls freshman game the Del Norte boys freshman team faced

Brookings. The Warriors defeated the Bruins 28-26 to improve to 9-0 for

the season.

Del Norte next plays on Wednesday against Fortuna in the final home game of the year.

The varsity contest begins at 7:30 p.m. The freshman game is at 4:30

p.m. and the junior varsity game begins at 6 p.m. at Thunen Gym. The

season will end for the Warriors on Friday, Feb. 10, at Arcata.

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