By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team lost their first two games of the Crusader Christmas Classic at St. Bernard's High School in Eureka, Calif.

On Friday night, the Bruins stuck close with the St. Bernard's Crusaders for the first half of play, but couldn't keep up with the Crusaders in the final two quarters, falling 61-36.

After an even first quarter and a closely fought second, the Bruins only trailed by three at halftime, 21-18.

But the Crusaders poured on the points in the second half, outscoring the Bruins 40-18.

andquot;We had good looks all night and we ran the offense well, we just couldn't buy a layup,andquot; Coach Chris Schofield said. andquot;But it was way more encouraging than the night before. We came out fighting and we left fighting.andquot;

The Bruins were still playing without their two leading scorers, seniors Jessie Goergen and Kara Miller.

Chelsey Hannan, Ashley Juarez and Ciara Freeman had eight points apiece to lead the Bruins.

In the first game of the tournament, the Bruins lost 53-24 to the Lower Lake Trojans Thursday evening.

The Bruins struggled to put points on the board throughout the game and, with the exception of an 11-point third quarter, failed to score over five points in the other quarters.

Lower Lake, however, had little trouble scoring, leading 20-8 after the first half and outscoring the Bruins 33-16 in the second half.

Miriam Hernandez led the Bruins with nine points on the night while Hannan added six, Juarez and Freeman chipped in four apiece and Allison Larsson had one.

The final game of the tournament for the Bruins will be today (Dec. 15) against Foresthill at 10:30 a.m.

The next home game for the Lady Bruins will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 against Rogue River.