The seventh and eighth grade Azalea Bruin basketball teams played at home Wednesday versus Sunset Blue and Thursday at North Bend with simular results.
Both teams won comfortably at home, but struggled when they were forced to take their show on the road.
The seventh grade team beat Sunset Blue Wednesday 55-38. Halle Ostman led the way for the Bruins with 16 points, three rebounds and three steals. Bethanee Bottoms added 12 points and 12 boards.
As Head Coach Kristy Kleespies said, the Bruins played great team basketball.
andquot;It was one of our most complete games we have played all year,andquot; she said. andquot;The offense worked and we played good defense.
andquot;We outscored them in every quarter.andquot; Thursday's result was decidedly different. The seventh-grade team lost to North Bend 31-29.
Kleespies said one phase of the game in particular hurt the Bruins.
andquot;The biggest reason for the loss was going 3 for 21 from the free throw line,andquot; she said.
The seventh graders also lost Ostman for the entire second half after she sustained a jaw injury late in the second quarter. According to Kleespies, losing her had an impact on the game.
andquot;We could have used her in the second half, with her aggressive drives to the basket,andquot; she said.
The eighth-grade squad experiences simular success at home. The Bruins dominated Sunset, 65-41.
andquot;This was a team effort with all players getting playing time,andquot; said Head Coach Lori Cooper.
The team got off to a slow start but, as Cooper said, andquot;really came on in the second quarter and continued it through the rest of the game.andquot; Another positive for Cooper was the continued development of the team.
andquot;The girls are really learning to play together and find an open teammate for the easy shot,andquot; she said.
Josey Glazebrook led all Bruins with 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
Thursdays' road game versus North Bend was another slow start for the Bruins, but unlike the prior evening, the eighth-grade team was unable to overcome an early deficit and lost 48-45.
Even in a losing effort, the Bruins managed to keep the game within reach.
andquot;We came out hard in the third quarter and took the lead,andquot; Cooper said. andquot;We should have won the game but were unable to capitalize on many opportunities under the basket.andquot; andquot;It was a tough loss, knowing that we should have won it,andquot; she said. andquot;We will look forward to the rematch on January 7.andquot;
Lakota Hatcher finished the game with 12 points and went 8 of 10 from the line. Sammantha Young chipped in 10 points and Christy Reynolds contributed another eight.
Next Monday the Bruins travel to Bandon. The seventh graders' game begins at 4 p.m., followed by the eighth-grade matchup at 5:30 p.m.