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Bruin ballers split games on the road

The Brookings-Harbor High School boys and girls basketball teams headed into Friday nights games against the Bulldogs of North Bend looking for some clarification on their places within their respective leagues.

The girls team wanted to break free of their tie with Douglas and the boys wanted to be out a the four-way tie for second place on the plus side of the situation.

Girls: BHHS – 81, North Bend – 43

The Lady Bruins took a 21-11 lead in the opening quarter and refused to let the Lady Bulldogs back into the game as they won 81-43 on the road.

The Bruins dominated the game with high pressure defense and while they had a respectable 14-point lead at the half, the Lady Bruins opened up the game in the second half and left no doubt that they are a dominating force in the Far West League. 

The Lady Bruins shot a team-best 75 percent from the free-throw line against the Lady Bulldogs, going 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.

The fourth quarter – typically reserved for bench players when the point difference is greater than 15 points or so – should have been a sea cruise for the Lady Bruins, but apparently Francesca Farr was on fire, as she dropped 15 points in the fourth quarter alone to help the Bruins in the victory.

The Lady Bruins advance to 5-2 on the season and are currently in second place in the Far West League. 

With three more games in the regular season and one chance to slay the top-ranked Sutherlin Bulldogs coming February 15 the Lady Bruins look to keep their spot and claim a home-court advantage for post-season play.

Contributors to the Bruins’ final score included Mallory McDonald, 19; F. Farr, 15; Karlie Gonzales, 12; Lakota Hatcher, 11; Athena Farr, 7; and Drew Farmer, 7.

Boys: BHHS – 34, North Bend – 60

 The Bruins started the game with a 7-0 run on two 3-pointers by Chandler Dodd and a made free throw, but the Far West League leading North Bend Bulldogs charged back to take a 12-9 lead into the end of the first quarter.

The Bruins refused to back down though and outscored the Bulldogs in the second quarter 12-11 to draw within two points at the end of the first half, 21-23.

The second half wasn’t as kind to the Bruins as they allowed the Bulldogs to score 22 in the third quarter while only scoring two themselves.

The Bruins bounced back in the fourth quarter with an 11-15 score, but the damage was done and the Bruins fell, 34-60.

The Bruins were led by Justin Murry who had 15 points, while Chandler Dodd and Calvin Watwood each contributed 6. Ronnie Manley had 4 points, Derek Hodge, 2 and Cade Freels, 1.

The Bruins fall to 3-4 in league and drop into a tie for third place. With just three more games remaining in the season, the Bruins will need to win out for a chance at a home play-in game in the post season.

Both the boys and girls teams will have a full week off between games as the next game for them comes on Friday against Siuslaw. 

Junior Varsity scores

The girls junior varsity squad won its game 46-24, while the boys squad beat the North Bend junior varsity 57-43.

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