Trojans stop Knights from playing Ferndale for the title – Lake County Record-Bee
KELSEYVILLE – Although the Lower Lake Trojans shrank a 17-point lead to one late in the third quarter with 4:33 to go, the Lower Lake Trojans held on Friday night to beat the Kelseyville Knights 53:48 in the second round of the Girls action to hit the 49th annual Stokes basketball tournament in Kelseyville.
As a result, Lower Lake will play Ferndale for the Stokes crown on Saturday night at 6pm, which is quite a turnaround for Trojans and head coach Shannon Tubbs in just one week.
“We couldn’t win a game last week (Durham tournament), now we’re playing for a championship,” said Tubbs.
Lower Lake improved to 2-0 in tournament play and 3-6 in the season with his third straight win. The Trojans’ first win on Tuesday in Lower Lake was also against Kelseyville (56:37) in a North Central League I game. The rematch turned out to be much closer, although it looked like it was a repeat of Tuesday towards the end of the third quarter, with Lower Lake leading at 43:26 with less than two minutes left in that period.
And then it got interesting … in a hurry. The Knights (0-7) ended the third quarter with a 7-0 run and started the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run, crowned by a long two-point field goal from Olivia Hommer on hers previous trip a 3-pointer hit the floor to make it 43-40. Her two-point shot reduced the gap to 43-42.
After the two teams swapped baskets to score 45-44, Lower Lake senior guard Margarita Cordova almost single-handedly fought back in favor of the Trojans, which was no surprise to Tubbs.
“She is the heart and soul of this group,” said Tubbs of Cordova, who scored eight of their twelve points in the last four minutes of the game. “As she goes, let’s go.”
Cordova sank four punchy free throws down the track and also made two giant baskets – the first one bringing Lower Lake 47-44 and the other 52-46 with just over a minute of play.
The Knights closed on 52-48 on a basket from Larue Furlani, but were called to travel with 35.4 seconds remaining. The Trojans worked off the clock before Cordova was fouled and hit the front end of a one-and-one to seal the victory.
Cordova was supported in the double-digit range by his teammates Tiahna Tubbs (15 points) and Kyleigh Mock (11 points). Tubbs scored 28 goals in a blowout win against Point Arena on Thursday.
“Getting a third goalscorer is huge,” said Tubbs of his daughter, who had a difficult start to the season. “That helps fill the void we had after Margo and Kyleigh. The game was a bit tighter than I would have liked, but I’ll take it. ”
The Knights did not walk easily and quietly. Junior guard Mikaylah Meyer scored seven of their eleven points in the third quarter to fuel the comeback bid, including a 3-pointer that reduced Lower Lake’s lead to 43:31. Hommer (10 points) scored shortly afterwards with a layup to 43:33, which was the result in the last third.
The Knights’ top scorer Emily Sandoval had a big hand in the thrilling finish too, including three free throws in a row after being fouled on a 3-point attempt in the middle of the third quarter.
In other Stokes Girls promotions on Friday:
Ferndale 48, Middletown 35
One evening after playing their best game of the season in a 62-44 win over Upper Lake, the Middletown Mustangs battled on the field against a team from the Ferndale Wildcats, which received 20 points from Haidyn Fulton and 17 more from Kyla Albee a win that moved them into Saturday’s championship game against Lower Lake.
“We oversized them, but they are much faster,” said Middletown head coach Andy Brown of the Wildcats. “At no point in the game did we have an offensive flow.”
And one reason for this, according to Brown, was Ferndale’s speed.
“You’re quick on the defense,” he said.
Paige Astley’s tough night – just six points and less than 3 points for the Middletown senior after scoring 18 with four 3 points against Upper Lake on Thursday – resulted in a rough night for the rest of the Mustangs.
“When Paige is a little off, we seem a little off,” Brown said.
The Mustangs’ offensive hiccups aren’t new, but it’s becoming a cause for concern for Brown.
“We have to fix everything that we don’t do that slows us down,” said Brown.
Middletown (6-4) led 10-6 after a stop-and-start first quarter in which several jump balls and numerous fouls slowed the action to a creep. It was more similar in the second quarter when Ferndale pushed 16-15 forward on a pair of Fulton free throws with 1:05 in the half. Middletown never saw the lead again. Albee hit the 18-15 with a transition layup in the final seconds of the quarter.
Middletown followed a second quarter by five points and a third quarter by eight points as Ferndale got his offensive rolling behind Fulton and Albee. The Wildcats took advantage of a 35-23 lead in the fourth quarter, expanding their lead to as much as 18 points towards the end of the period.
No Middletown player scored double digits. Jaidyn Brown and Skylar Williams led the team with eight points each, while Astley and Amanda Hart each had six.
Two Mustangs were fouled – Kamryn Atkins 6:50 remaining and Ella Rockwell 2:05 remaining – before it was over.
Upper Lake 57, Point Arena 10
Upper Lake bounced back from its loss to Middletown on Thursday with an easy win over Point Arena Pirates.
The Cougars (9: 2) emptied their bank early against a Pirates team, who were 15: 2 after a quarter and 26: 3 at halftime.
Zoey Petrie led Upper Lake with 14 points while Heaven’Lee Loans Arrow and Taylar Minnis had 10 each. Lupy Duncan added seven.