The Del Norte girls basketball team fell just short of a 4-0 start Saturday, falling 52-48 to Brookings-Harbor in the championship game of the Yreka Tournament.
The Warriors came out hot in the final, jumping out to a 16-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. Del Norte held a 12-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter but Brookings came storming back, taking a lead late in the game.
Del Norte was able to tie the game at the end of regulation, but Brookings pulled ahead in overtime for the victory.
"Their guards are really solid," Cook said of Brookings. "They put a full-court press on us for the entire game pretty much. At the end, we just didn't take care of the ball and they finally started hitting their threes."
The tournament was an encouraging start to the season for Del Norte, playing under first-year head coach Jeff Cook.
"The effort was great and the hustle was there," Cook said. "They did a lot better than I was expecting."
Del Norte also has a better idea of what it needs to work on now.
"It was a good learning experience," Cook said. "Now they know what we need to work on, and now they understand how important practice is."
Cook said the team's ball handling, especially against Brookings' pressure defense, was one of the areas that the Warriors will work on.
"I have talked to them about dribbling," he said. "Some of the girls really need to work on their ball handling, and now they see why."
Del Norte beat Klamath Union 56-35 in the first round and topped Weed 42-38 in the semifinal game.