It’s one thing to play the top-ranked team in the state and barely manage to score, it’s another to hold them to 4 points in the first quarter, have a 9-point lead with three minutes left in the game, take it into overtime and lose by one.
Brookings guard Justin Murray goes up and under a Sutherlin defender to draw the foul in Friday night’s 50-63 loss. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School girls basketball team did just that though as they lost Friday night’s overtime nail-biter 41-42 to the number one team in the state – the Sutherlin Bulldogs.
“We can compete with the best in the state obviously,” senior Athena Farr said when asked what the game showed about the team’s readiness. “If we keep our composure then we can compete with anyone.”
Head Coach Chris Schofield agreed.
“It tells me that we are where we want to be at the end of regular season,” he explained. “If we play our tails off we can play with anyone in the state.”
The Bruins opened the game controlling the Bulldogs offense by refusing to back down on defense and converting turnovers into points on their end of the court.
The control led to a 8-4 lead for the Lady Bruins in the first quarter.
The Bruins wouldn’t hold onto the lead long though as the Bulldogs showed why they are ranked number one and scored 11 in the second quarter to take a 2-point lead going into half.
The Bruins refused to quit in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs by two in the third quarter to even the score 29-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bruins opened the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Iva Hart and used the momentum to go on a 9-0 run that gave them a 9-point lead with three minutes remaining in the game.
Brookings-Harbor wasn’t able to stave off the hungry Bulldogs though and ended the fourth quarter in a 39-39 tie to send the game into overtime.
The four-minute overtime saw both teams score just two points before a foul on the Bruins with six seconds remaining on the clock sent the Bulldogs to the free-throw line.
When the shooter missed the first of two shots, the crowd went crazy, but was stilled just moments later she hit the second to put the Bulldogs up by 1.
The Bruins took the ball with six seconds left and made a break down the court, but the ball went out of bounds off a Sutherlin player with 1.6 seconds on the clock and the Bruins were unable to convert the basket and lost 41-42.
“I’m proud of our team,” senior Lakota Hatcher said. “It was a tough loss but we went out there and worked hard.”
“I thought it was a great basketball game,” he said. “We just came up a bit short and it wasn’t for lack of effort.”
The loss means that the Bruins will have to play Douglas on Tuesday to determine the second place team in league for seeding in the opening rounds of the OSAA 4A state playoffs.
That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Bandon, a centrally-located, neutral site.
Boys drop a devastating loss to Sutherlin Bulldogs, 50-63
The BHHS boys basketball team opened the game with an 8-2 run but squandered the lead as Sutherlin crept back to lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bruins tried to short leash the Bulldogs in the second but were unable to control them and the gap widened to a 22-29 deficit at the half.
The third quarter dawned on a Bruins squad that seemed unable to keep from turning over the ball and, while it scored 13 of its own, allowed the Bulldogs to score 17 points.
The Bruins, down by 15 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, mounted a comeback on back-to-back lay-ins, but it was too little, too late, as the Bruins fell 50-63.
“I thought we played really well,” senior Cade Freels said. “The just got the better of us. Now we have to prepare hard and be ready for the next game.”
The Sutherlin Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the state and are second in the Far West League.
“They’re a good team,” Head Coach Matt Simpson said. “There is a reason they are ranked 10th in the state. Our guys battled way better then the last time we played at their place.
“We know where the bar has been set,” he added, “and there is a lot of basketball left to play.”
The Bruins drop to 5-5 on the season and will have to play a playoff game against Siuslaw on Tuesday.
That game is scheduled to follow the girls game in Bandon at 7:30 p.m.