The Clear Lake Cardinals’ girls basketball team were the top squad the Jim Enrst Classic Basketball Tournament, claiming the title after defeating the Wheatland Pirates 48-39 on Saturday.
The host Colusa RedHawks, who finished fourth in the tournament, won one game and lost two over, as did the Pierce Bears, who finished seventh.
Durham 56, Colusa 35
The RedHawks struggled shooting the ball and had a tough time holding Durham’s do-everything senior Lindsey Bryant in check, as Colusa fell to Durham 56-35 in the third-place game of the Jim Ernst Classic on Saturday.
Edith Moreno, who got into foul trouble early, still managed to lead the way for the RedHawks with 12 points. Ashley Huff and Jaycee Bracket added six points apiece for Colusa (1-3). Huff earned all-tournament honors for the RedHawks.
Colusa is set to compete in the Durham Tournament, which begins today. Their first game is against Bear River.
Pierce 53, Lindhurst 13
The third time was the charm for the Bears, who earned their first win of the season against Lindhurst in the seventh-place game of the Jim Ernst Classic on Saturday. Pierce bounced back from losses to Clear Lake and Sutter in a big way, dominating the Blazers for most of the game.
Pierce and Linhurst were tied 7-7 at the end of the second quarter, but the Bears outscored the Blazers 46-6 the rest of the way.
Emily Kukendall, Callie Muniz, and Halle Charter were the top scorers for Pierce, finishing with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively. Kuykendall, who was the all-tournament selection for Pierce, also grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds.
Wheatland 51, Colusa 35
The RedHawks were defeated by the Pirates for the second time in three days, this time falling in the second round of the Jim Ernst Classic 51-35. Colusa opened their season against Wheatland on Nov. 28, and lost by the same margin, 45-29.
Wheatland’s freshmen duo of Logan Garza and Alexis Durham nearly matched the RedHawks’ total scoring output, with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Garza also led her team with five rebounds and four steals.
Stats were not available for the RedHawks.
Sutter 57, Pierce 52
The Bears were within striking distance and close to earning their first win of the season on Friday night, but came up short against the Huskies in the final quarter.
Emily Kukendall and Callie Muniz had strong showings for the Bears: Kukendall was just shy of a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds; Muniz finished with 15 points and made 8-of-12 shots from the charity stripe. Four other Pierce players found the scoring column in the loss.
The strong night Pierce’s top two players wasn’t enough to overcome the efforts of a trio of stand-out sophomores for the Huskies. Marcie Purbaugh, Reagan Ford, and Zianna Hundal scored 20, 13, and 12 points, respectively, to power Sutter to the win.
Colusa 50, Lindhurst 11
Paced by the scoring of Lexi Hernandez, Edith Moreno, and Ashley Huff, the Colusa RedHawks breezed by the Blazers to earn their first win of the season at their own tournament.
Hernandez had 11 points, Moreno scored 10, and Huff finished with 9 points.
Clear Lake 71, Pierce 42
Despite 13 points from Emily Kuykendall and 12 from Sierra Murphy, the Bears weren’t able to keep pace the eventual tournament champions after the first quarter, and fell to Clear Lake in the opening round of the Jim Ernst Classic in Colusa.