By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

A dismal performance in the first quarter doomed the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team as they fell to the Douglas Trojans 54-39 Friday night.

In the opening eight minutes of play, the Bruins (1-3, 7-11) could not find their rhythm on offense and had trouble containing the Trojans (3-1, 8-8) on defense as they got outscored 19-3 in the first quarter.

andquot;We just come out so shellshocked sometimes,andquot; Coach Chris Schofield said. andquot;But after the first quarter, we were with them neck and neck.andquot;

After an ugly first, the Bruins shook out the kinks and played with the Trojans for the rest of the game - outscoring them 36-35 in the final three quarters.

andquot;It's all still part of the process,andquot; Schofield said. andquot;And I feel like we're still taking steps forward, not back.andquot;

In the fourth quarter, the Bruins continued to scrap with the Trojans and outscored their opponents 16-11 in the final quarter.

andquot;The encouraging thing is that we played no where near our best ball and we still played with them for three quarters,andquot; Schofield said.

Senior Jessie Goergen came alive for the Bruins in the fourth - scoring nine straight points in the quarter.

Freshman Ciara Freeman also gave the Bruins a boost off the bench with her energetic and aggressive play.

Goergen led the Bruins with 13 points on the night.

Miriam Hernandez, Chelsey Hannan and Freeman all had six points apiece while Kara Miller chipped in four and Amy Smith and Ashley Juarez each had two.

Courtney Bush led the Trojans with 13 points while Katy King and Stacia Blankenship each had 12 points on the night.

In the JV game, the Bruins fell to the Trojans 29-21.

The Bruins finish up the first half of their league schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as they travel to Sutherlin. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m., followed by varsity at 6 p.m.