DN week ends on high notes

By Robert Husseman, The Triplicate December 17, 2012 05:42 pm

Brittany Maready has led Del Norte in scoring in both games of the Ukiah Tournament.
Brittany Maready has led Del Norte in scoring in both games of the Ukiah Tournament. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Boys beat Illinois Valley behind Gruden’s 22 points; girls 1-1 in Ukiah

The Del Norte High girls basketball team will play for the consolation championship at the Ukiah Tournament today.

The Warriors began the tournament Thursday with a 45-34 loss to Acalanes High of Lafayette. The Dons outscored Del Norte 21-9 in the third quarter to control the game. Brittany Maready’s 13 points led the Warriors.

“We had a terrible third quarter,” Del Norte head coach Mike Ernest said. “Bad passes, lot of open shots (missed). We were making a lot of fundamental errors.”

The Warriors (6-3 overall) turned around Friday night and defeated Tomales High, 46-18. Maready had 14 points and senior Emma Card chipped in 11 points in the rout.

“We did execute better,” Ernest said, “but we didn’t execute as well as I thought we should. We have the potential but haven’t proven anything yet.”

The Warriors take on an opponent to be determined at 3 p.m. in Ukiah.

The Del Norte High boys basketball team rebounded from an overtime loss to Brookings-Harbor High on Wednesday night with a Thursday night road victory over Illinois Valley High of Cave Junction, 52-46.

Sophomore Josh Gruden led the Warriors (3-4 overall) with 22 points as the Cougars’ comeback attempt from 13 points down in the fourth quarter fell short.

“They came out with a little more passion, a little more desire,” Warriors coach Blaine Lopez said. “Defensively, they did a much better job.”

Del Norte’s boys and girls teams both take on Eagle Point (Ore.) High Monday. The varsity games begin at 7 p.m. (girls) and 8:30 p.m. (boys).