After breezing to a 65-37 victory over Modoc in the opening game of the Annual Yreka Miner Blast Tournament Thursday afternoon, the Del Norte girls’ varsity basketball team found itself in unfamiliar territory Friday as the Warriors took on the Henley Hornets of Klamath Falls with a trip to the tournament championship game on the line, that being the fact they were locked in a tight game.
Undaunted, the Warriors simply turned to their trio of guards against the pesky Hornets squad, as Jadence Clifton scored a game-high 28 points and Olivia Stilwell added 17 as the Warriors ultimately pulled away for a 61-54 victory. The single-digit victory over the Hornets set the stage for the Warriors to match up with an all-too-familiar opponent in Saturday’s championship game, that being the cross-state rival Brookings-Bruins.
With the Bruins defense employing a box-and-one strategy in hopes of slowing down Clifton, Stilwell simply took over. The senior guard scored a game-high 30 points, including five 3-point field goals, as the Warriors secured their third consecutive Yreka Tournament title with a 55-46 victory over the Bruins.
Stilwell was named the tournament’s most valuable player, while Clifton and junior guard Kirsten Brous were also named to the all-tournament team. The Warrior girls return home Tuesday when they will play host to the Hidden Valley Mustangs at Thunen Gymnasium. Tip-off for the varsity game is scheduled for 7:30, with the freshmen leading off the evening with a 4:30 start time and the junior varsity game to follow at 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s contest begins a string of what will be four games in four days, as, following the home tilt against the Mustangs, the Warriors hit the road for three games on three consecutive nights. The Warriors begin the road trip with a contest against University Prep on Wednesday before taking on Redding Christian on Thursday and concluding the three-day road trip with a contest against Central Valley on Friday.