The Brookings-Harbor girls high school basketball team’s shooting woes continued as they were upended by the Henley Hornets, 47-36 Thursday morning in the consolation round of the OSAA 4A state tournament held at Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, ending their season.
Similar to the previous afternoon’s loss to Sutherlin, the Lady Bruins had trouble getting their shots to fall. BHHS shot just under 21-percent from the floor, making 13-63 shots.
“Henley did a good job in their matchup zone and we really struggled against it,” Lady Bruin head coach Chris Schofield said after the game. “Our girls were frustrated trying to run our offense against it.”
Unlike the Sutherlin game, however, the Lady Bruins jumped out to an early lead sparked by their press defense that has given teams fits all season long, and Henley fell victim to it.
BHHS led 9-2 after senior Mallory McDonald’s 3-pointer splashed the net with 2:40 left to go in the first quarter.
Henley head coach Shannon Carlson called time-out and made the adjustments necessary to beat the Lady Bruin press defense. Henley went on a run as the BHHS shooting chilled, tying the score at 9-all after the first quarter.
In the second stanza, the Lady Bruins shooting went from chilled to freezing as they were only able to manage two free-throws by Courtney Kay and shot 0-for-9 from the field.
“We had that stretch in the second quarter where we were just lost against their zone and you can’t have those long lulls against teams of this caliber,” said Schofield.
After being outscored by the Hornets 11-2 in the second quarter, the Lady Bruins found themselves down by 9 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the third quarter as Henley outscored BHHS by a 14-10 clip, stretching their lead to 13-points heading into the final period.
Typical of how the Lady Bruins played this season, they fought back and stepped up their game in crunch-time. With four-and-a-half minutes to go in the game, BHHS junior Iva Hart hit a 3-pointer that cut the Henley lead to just 7 points and had the Lady Bruin fans cheering.
Henley responded like quality teams do, however, as they were able to make free-throws down the stretch and contest Lady Bruin shooters on the defensive end, forcing difficult shot attempts by BHHS.
“I thought the second half was indicative of their (Lady Bruins) character. They fought back,” said Schofield, proudly. “We talked about getting their lead back to single digits with four minutes left. We felt if we could do that then we would have a chance. We just couldn’t get enough shots to drop after that. We missed layups all weekend long. They (Lady Bruins) refused to accept this game was a lost cause, it’s how they’ve played all season long. We just ran out of time today.”
Lady Bruin sophomore Drew Farmer was named the MOTA Health Player of the Game for BHHS as she tallied 7 points and four steals. Defensively, the Lady Bruins forced 27 turnovers and had a combined 18 steals as a team.
Henley’s size was a factor though, as they outrebounded the Lady Bruins, 49-33, and tallied 12 blocked shots.
BHHS finishes the season with an excellent overall record of 23-4 and, with several key players returning next season, should be a factor in next season’s state tournament.
“They are a great group of kids. They’re undersized and they don’t care. They don’t know that they’re undersized,” commented Schofield about his team’s performance this season. “They worked their tails off and did everything I asked of them. I’m obviously thrilled with the way things went this season.”