By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

A poor start and a dismal finish hindered the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team as they fell 49-23 to the North Bend Bulldogs in the league opener Friday night.

andquot;They jumped out to an early lead on us, but we played even with them up until the fouth quarter,andquot; Coach Chris Schofield said. andquot;We did some things well and held them to four points in the third quarter, but things just got away from us in the fourth.andquot;

The Bruins (0-1, 6-9) were shut out for the majority of the first quarter as the Bulldogs pulled out to a 10-0 lead until Chelsey Hannan hit a jumper with five seconds left in the quarter to give the Bruins their only points of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bruins had their best offensive output of the game as they notched 11 points in the quarter, led by seven from Ashley Juarez.

Trailing 25-13, the Bruins turned up the defensive pressure and held the Bulldogs to just four third quarter points, although the Bruins could only score four points of their own.

The Bulldogs (1-0, 5-7) had a comfortable 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but continued to pour on the points as they torched the Bruins for 20 fourth quarter points and a final score of 49-23.

Only four Bruins got on the board in the loss, led by Kara Miller with 10 points.

Juarez added seven while Hannan had four and Taylor Keys had two points.

Brooke Davison led the Bulldogs with 23 and Taylor Weidman added 11 points, all in the second quarter.

In JV action, the Bruins shut out the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter in a 29-18 win.

The next game for the Bruins is an away contest against the South Umpqua Lancers on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The JV game begins at 4:15 p.m., followed by varsity at 6 p.m.