By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

For the first time this season, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team was able to string together back-to-back wins.

The Bruins (5-7) did an excellent job controlling the game from start to finish Tuesday as they defeated the Rogue River Chieftains 40-30.

andquot;It was probably the best we executed all year,andquot; Coach Chris Schofield said. andquot;It was a real good win.andquot;

The Bruins, who aren't a high scoring team, usually set the tempo with solid defense.

andquot;When our offense isn't necessarily working, we have to set the tone with our defense,andquot; Schofield said. andquot;I thought they did a great job on Angie (Cashera). She killed us at their place. But the girls did a good job wearing her down and frustrating her.andquot;

After going for 18 points in the Chieftains 31-29 win over the Bruins earlier this year, Cashera was held to 10 points on 4-for-26 shooting from the field.

At halftime, the Bruins led 11-6 in a very low scoring first half.

In the second half, the Chieftains came alive to score 24 points, but the Bruins were able to match them and pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents 18-12 in the final eight minutes of play.

andquot;It was good to finally be able to finish a game,andquot; senior Kara Miller said. andquot;Everyone stepped up and it was definitely a team win.andquot;

Miller had a career-high 26 points for the Bruins in the win.

Ashley Juarez added six, Miriam Hernandez chipped in four and Jessie Goergen and Chelsey Hannan had two points apiece.

The JV girls team improved to 7-2 on the year with a 52-18 win over the Chieftains.

Ciara Freeman led the Bruins with 15 points while Sarah Pate had 13 and Ally Manley chipped in eight.

In the final game of the Crusader Christmas Classic at St. Bernard's High School Saturday, the Bruins beat the Foresthill Wildfire 44-25.

Hannan and Juarez each had 10 points apiece in the win while six other Bruins got on the board.

The next game for the Bruins will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 against Del Norte at home. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m.