The first two quarters of the game told the story as the Brookings-Harbor Lady Bruins gave up 16 and 12 points in the first and second quarters respectively while only scoring six and five before losing the game 54-35.
The Lady Bruins started cold and were in early foul trouble as they faced the undefeated Lady Bulldogs of Sutherlin, and while they tried to climb back into contention in the third and fourth quarters, it was too little, too late and they fell.
The Bulldogs are ranked first in the OSAA RPI rankings – the Bruins are ranked 13th – and are favored to win the state title this year.
The Bruins were unable to get their high pressure defense working against the Bulldogs early and were unable to break the Bulldogs own version of the pressure defense and score in the first half.
In the second half, the Lady Bruins came out of the locker room with a fire lit under their seats and tied the third quarter 11-11.
The fourth quarter found the Bruins and Bulldogs on semi-equal footing but the Bruins weren’t able to make up any ground and dropped the fourth quarter 13-15 to end the game with the loss.
The Lady Bruins drop to 12-6 overall, and 3-2 in the Far West League and sit in third place behind Sutherlin (1st) and Douglas (2nd).
Boys unable to handle early deficit as they lose 42-59 to Sutherlin
Opening the game with a 7-2 run in the first four minutes seemed to be a solid start for the Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team, but allowing the Sutherlin Bulldogs to score another 11 points before the end of the first quarter while not scoring any of their own was not the way to win a ball game as they lost 42-59.
The Bruins’ Calvin Watwood got into early foul trouble in the second quarter with his third foul and rode the pine for the majority of the second and third quarters to save him for the fourth and while his 11 points were enough for second highest point total on the team the early foul trouble limited his productivity.
The fourth quarter proved to be a repeat of the first with the Bruins jumping to an early 4-0 lead, but then letting the Bulldogs back into the game as they allowed nine points before the quarter was over.
Ronnie Manley led the Bruins in scoring with 13, while Watwood, 11, Justin Murray, 7, Chandler Dodd, 6, and Jake Vaughn, 5, also contributed.
The Bulldogs’ Taylor Jensen dropped 23 points on the Bruins’ defense and the Bruins were unable to catch the Bulldogs’ tail to overcome the early deficit.
The Bruins drop to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in Far West League action and are tied for fourth place.
Both boys and girls squads will travel to Douglas to take on the Trojans on Tuesday.
Boys and girls JV squads lost Friday’s games. Girls JV lost 16-51, while the boys JV lost 54-60.