By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor HIgh School girls' basketball team shot out of the gate looking like a team on a mission as they captured their first Far West League win of the year in a 45-31 triumph over the Siuslaw Vikings Friday night.
In one of their best offensive quarters of the year, the Bruins (1-2, 7-10) took control of the game early and grabbed a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.
"They played with much more confidence tonight," Coach Chris Schofield said. "They played hard from tip-off to the final buzzer."
Many of the Bruins' points early on came off of turnovers caused by the Bruins' pressure defense.
"They (Siuslaw) are a young team and we thought we could come out and press them," Schofield said. "The girls did a good job at moving and getting to where they needed to be to stop them."
After an explosive first quarter, the Bruins slowed considerably in the second, but stepped up their defense as they held the Vikings to just three points.
The Bruins ended the quarter on a high note as Kara Miller grabbed two steals in the final 30 seconds and Taylor Keys and Jessie Goergen capitalized on those takeaways with buckets, giving the Bruins a 20-9 lead at the half.
Even though the Bruins were at a significant disadvantage in the height department, the Lady Bruins still did a great job getting inside of the towering Vikings, grabbing offensive rebounds and getting the putbacks.
"They did a fantastic job inside despite the team size of Siuslaw," Schofield said.
In the third quarter, the Bruins played consistent basketball and extended their lead to 29-16 after three quarters of play.
Both teams picked up the pace in the fourth quarter, but the Bruins were able to outduel the Vikings as they took a 16-15 advantage in the final quarter to close out the game for a 45-31 win.
Chelsey Hannan led a balanced scoring attack for the Bruins with a game-high 11 points.
Goergen added nine points on the night while Miller and Ashley Juarez had eight apiece and Keys chipped in six.
Kay Robertson led the Vikings with nine points.
In the JV game, the Bruins fell to the Vikings 39-31.
Ciara Freeman led the Bruins with 15 points and Sarah Pate added 12.
The next game for the Bruins will be a home contest against the Douglas Trojans on Friday, Jan. 25. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by varsity at 6 p.m.