Senior Tyler Wood cuts to the basket during the boys 53-42 victory over Siuslaw. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins boys and girls teams took the wind out of the Siuslaw Vikings sails Friday night with double victories.
The girls won the early game with a score of 46-22, while the boys came out on top of a scrap-fest with a 53-42 victory that was close from beginning to end.
The Lady Bruins opened the game with a 13-0 first quarter and never looked back in their 46-22 victory, despite a break-down in shooting that occurred during the second quarter.
“Our biggest problem was not making shots in the second quarter,” Head Coach Chris Schofield said following the game. “Our biggest thing is consistency right now. Our next goal is to strive to be more consistent.”
The Bruins were led in the first quarter by senior Brianna Juarez who drained three 3-pointers in a row to give the Lady Bruins nine early in the game.
The Bruins’ pressure defense, coupled with the Lady Vikings inability to make a basket contributed to the lead as well.
The second quarter saw a breakdown in the shot quality by the Bruins as well as an uptick in the Vikings defense that enabled the visitors to score 13 to the Bruins 11.
Asked about the win and her shooting, Juarez demurred.
“It feels good,” she said. “I’m happy that we won as a team.”
“When they stepped up and shut me down,” she added, “the rest of the team kept the game going.”
The boys team dropped an early five points on the visiting Vikings and never paused as they claimed a 53-42 victory to improve to 1-1 in league.
The Bruins were led by a trio of seniors in their victory. Chandler Gottfried, 13 points, Nick Corpening, 11, and Tyler Wood, 9, took control of the game on the boards, in the lanes and from beyond the three point arc to lead the boys to victory.
“It means a lot to get the first league victory,” Wood said after the game. “It feels good.”
Justin Murray, 6, Alex Pate, 5, Ronnie Manley, 5, Calvin Watwood, 2, and Chandler Dodd, 2, also contributed points to the total.
The Bruins wore purple warm-up shirts and the girls team borrowed purple and white jerseys from a local AAU team to bring awareness to the fight against cancer and raise money to donate to the American Cancer Society.
The Bruins raised over $500 to donate to the battle against cancer through raffles, a silent auction and gate proceeds.
“It was a special night,” boys Head Coach Jon Young said. “All around because of the awareness night, but also because it was good to get our first league win.”
The Bruins travel to South Umpqua on Tuesday. Games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., girls, and 7:30 p.m., boys.