The Del Norte varsity girls’ basketball team seems to be snake bit when it comes to what have for whatever reason turned into the not-so-friendly confines of Thunen Gymnasium. The latest example came Wednesday evening, as the Warriors dropped a 65-54 non-conference contest to the St Bernard’s Crusaders, dropping the Warriors home record to 1-5 on the season.
Although the home team did get off to a promising start, as both Olivia Stilwell and Kirsten Brous drained 3-point field goals in the opening minutes to give the Warriors some early momentum, it proved to be short-lived, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 15-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter led 29-23 at intermission.
The Warriors connected on just seven-of-28 field goal attempts in the first half and seven-of-12 from the free throw line while committing 11 turnovers in the first two quarters. The Crusaders, on the other hand, while also committing 11 turnovers, converted on 14-of-28 shots from the floor, led by freshman Saulele Tanuvasa who gave the home team fits on both ends of the quarter from the opening tip.
The Warriors did show signs of life coming out of the locker room to start the second half, getting out in transition and turning that up-tempo style into conversions at the offensive end. However, just when it seemed the home team had established some traction and looked poised to get back into the game, the Crusaders had an answer each and every time, eventually building on the lead incrementally.
Jadence Clifton led the Warriors with a team-high 26 points, 23 of those coming in the second half.
Despite the struggles at home, the Warriors still have plenty to play for over the final three games of the Big Five Conference season. The Warriors travel to Fortuna Friday evening to take on the Big Five Conference leading Huskies at Bob Orr Court on the campus of Fortuna High.