The Brookings-Harbor High School girls basketball team capped its championship run at the Phoenix Invitational Tournament with a 59-38 victory over the Cascade Christian Challengers on Saturday night.
The Lady Bruins came out with pressure defense to begin the game and were up by four at the half, but it wasn’t enough for Head Coach Chris Schofield.
“We talked about forcing more turnovers during the half,” he said. “We wanted to come out and make them have to work really hard to score.”
The Lady Bruins took their coach’s words and made them reality as they limited the Challengers to just 5 points in the third quarter.
The Bruins pulled back the pressure in the fourth quarter, according to Schofield, and with a 14-12 quarter took the win and brought home the trophy.
The Bruins found another offensive weapon in the play of Mallory McDonald who had 16 points and four steals on the night.
“The thing that is nice is we have a lot of weapons,” Schofield said. “So when they are trying to chase Brianna (Juarez) all over the court or shut down Kambri (Coleman), Mallory can make some steals and get some fast-break points.”
Coleman led the team with 17 points and was 3-for-8 from behind the 3-point line.
Juarez had 9 points and shot 2-of-5 from behind the arc.
Lakota Hatcher provided 7 points for the team while Karlie Gonzalez and Whitney Floyd each had 4.
The tournament victory was a mental boost for the Lady Bruins, according to Schofield.
“I always feel like at some point, if you’re going to be good in the season, you have to find an identity,” Schofield said. “At Yreka we didn’t have that, but now, after the win at Phoenix, I think the girls are beginning to believe that they can be good.
“The girls are really confident right now.”
The Lady Bruins are on a six-game win streak headed into Christmas break and will head to Rogue River High School on Jan. 3, before hosting the Lady Pirates of Phoenix at home on Jan. 7.
The Lady Bruins begin league play in the second week of January, opening the regular season at North Bend.