South Fork Girls Take 2nd Place in Calistoga Tourney

Lady Cubs take second place in Calistoga tourney. Left to right: Kylee Savio, Iscley Blaine, Sabrina Miclette, Noelia Alatorre, Coach Shylo Wantt, Regina Salomon (all tourney selection), Shondra Moser, Haylie Mulder, Kylie Messenger [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

South Fork High’s Varsity Girls basketball team took 2nd place in last weekend’s Gene Duffy Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament in Calistoga. The girls had to play Tomales twice in the tourney due to the pool play structure of the event and improved on their first performance against the strong team, closing the gap from a 24 point loss to a 13 point loss to bring home the second place trophy.

The Lady Cubs had opened the tourney with a dominant 35-27 win over Roseland Collegiate Prep. In that contest, senior Shondra Moser led all scorers with ten points, followed by senior Noelia Alatorre with 9, sophomore Kylie Messenger with 8, junior Iscley Blaine with 4 and sophomore Haylie Mulder with three.

On Friday, in their first match-up against Tomales the Lady Cubs struggled to score and fell 47-23. Alatorre led with 6 points, sophomore Regina Salomon added 5, Alatorre, Blaine and Mulder each had 4, and Mulder and Moser each added a bucket.

But the Lady Cubs played a much stronger game in the battle for first place, finishing strong to outscore Tomales 15-10 in the final period, and while it wasn’t enough to close the gap, head coach Shylo Wantt was pleased with the effort. Losing 43-30, Alatrorre was top scorer with 8 points, followed by Moser and Mulder with 7 apiece, and Messenger and Salomon each added four.

Salomon was selected to the all-tourney team, and Wantt had picked her out for praise after the team’s 50-25 crushing of Potter Valley earlier in the week. “She’s getting lots of boards over the posts and playing aggressive. She’s going to have a great year.”

Regina Salomon on defense last weekend in the Calistoga tourney. Shondra Moser in the background directing traffic. [Photo by Crystal Salomon]

In the dominant win over Potter Valley, Blaine was on fire from behind the arc scoring four 3-pointers and a total of 15 points, Moser followed with 12, Messenger had 10, Salomon had 6, Alatorre and Mulder had 4 apiece and senior Sabrina Miclette added a bucket. “The girls are playing great basketball now,” said Wantt after the win.

The Cubs have already had a busy week, playing in a rematch with Round Valley at home on Monday, and traveling on Wednesday to Rio Lindo and to Potter Valley on Thursday. We will catch up with all the scores and highlights once the school goes on winter break after this weekend when we’ll have a chance to check in with coach Wantt as the team gets a breather before entering Humboldt Del Norte Little Four Conference play in the new year.

JV Girls

The JVs got their first win last Monday night against Potter Valley at home. Winning a tight game by just 2 points, other details were not available. The all-freshman team went on to lose all three games in the JV tournament in Fortuna with only 6 girls on hand to play. Mirna Navarrete was named all-tourney in the event.

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