By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team is headed in the right direction.
On Saturday, the Bruins outlasted the Bandon Tigers in a 29-25 win at home.
In the first meeting between the two teams, the Bruins managed only four first half points and, although they rallied to outscore the Tigers 21-8 in the fourth quarter, still fell by a final score of 42-35.
This time around, it was the Bruins who got off to the hot start.
The Bruins led 11-4 after the first quarter and held the Tigers scoreless until midway through the quarter.
In the second, the Bruins continued to pressure the Tigers and extended their lead to 21-12 at the half.
"I felt the girls played really well, especially early on," Coach Chris Schofield said. "We tweaked some things on our half-court offense and the girls are starting to be more confident."
The defensive pressure by the Bruins was able to limit the Tigers to eight points or less in each quarter, and the Bruins were able to get some points off of the full-court press early on.
Another major improvement by the Bruins was their execution of their half-court offense.
"They're just getting more comfortable with our offense," Schofield said. "When we're patient and wait for the openings, we get good looks."
The Bruins were able to run an effective offense through the first three quarters with players cutting through the paint and teammates getting them the ball.
After three quarters of play, the Bruins held a 29-19 advantage over the Tigers.
In the fourth quarter, the Bruins were unable to score, but their defense stayed tough and held the Tigers to six points to hang on for the 29-25 win.
Jessie Goergen scored in double figures for the third straight game as she led all players with 13 points.
Kara Miller added 10 points for the Bruins while Chelsey Hannan chipped in four and Ashley Juarez had two.
Brianna Valentine led the Tigers with eight points and Becky Butler had six.
The JV Bruins beat the Tigers for the second time in as many tries in a 37-19 win.
Ciara Freeman led the Bruins with a game-high 19 points.
On Friday and Saturday, the Bruins will be participating in the Gold Beach Tournament.
The first game of the tournament for the Bruins will be at 2:30 p.m. against Etna High School of Etna, Calif.