By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Although a 15-point fourth quarter brought the Bruins within striking distance, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team had a rough first three quarters of play as they fell to the Siuslaw Vikings 39-32 Tuesday evening.
It was the first win of the year either league or non-league for the Vikings, who improved to 1-7 in the Far West League and 1-17 overall.
The Bruins, however, fell to 1-7 in league play and 7-15 on the year.
"We didn't come out and play as hard as we needed to in order to win," Coach Chris Schofield said. "We had some adversity and we didn't respond well to it."
In the opening quarter, both teams struggled to score as the Bruins took a 5-2 lead into the second quarter.
Both offenses picked up the pace in the second, but the Vikings got the better end of the scoring and took an 18-15 edge into the locker room.
A dismal third quarter doomed the Bruins as they could only manage two points in the quarter on a jumper by Chelsey Hannan.
The Vikings, meanwhile, put up 13 points on the Bruins to take a 14-point lead into the final quarter of play.
"Defensively, we just had no energy whatsoever," Schofield said. "We were slow tonight, we got beat in transition and we didn't rotate well."
After trailing by as many as 16 points, the Bruins went on an 8-0 run to trim the Viking lead to eight.
But the Bruins ran out of steam and ran out of time as the Vikings were able to hold on for their first victory of the season.
Kara Miller led the Bruins with 12 points, Jessie Goergen added seven and Miriam Hernandez chipped in six.
Alexis Reavis led the Vikings with a game-high 13 points.
In the JV game, the Bruins downed the Vikings 41-32.
The Bruins' next game is at Douglas High School on Thursday, Feb. 14. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m. and varsity follows at 6 p.m.