The Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins headed into Philomath on Friday evening with high expectations: win a game that they knew would be tough andndash; and make it to the elite eight in the OSAA 4A basketball championships next weekend.
Those expectations were shattered as the Bruins failed to score a single point in the first quarter of the game against the Philomath High School Warriors in a devastating 18-50 loss.
"We had twice as many turnovers at halftime as we had shot attempts," Head Coach Chris Schofield said. "We were just kind of shell-shocked. They came out with a lot of pressure, and we knew that they were going to come with it but frankly it's not the first time we've seen it. Tonight wasn't a good night to collapse under that pressure."
The first quarter saw a first for the Lady Bruins, 0 points, and they let the Lady Warriors score 15.
The game was physical and the referees let a number of calls go that had Schofield up on his feet pleading for a call to be made.
The momentum remained in the Warriors direction as they scored 13 more points in the second quarter, while limiting the Bruins to 6, to take a 28-6 lead into half time.
"They (Philomath) got rolling and knocked a couple of shots down,"Schofield said, "and it was like trying to push a boulder uphill to try and get the momentum stopped."
The Bruin defense came out after a rousing half-time speech by Schofield and limited the Warriors to 11, but the offense was unable to get rolling and only put four points on the board.
The fourth quarter found the Bruins scoring their highest amount in the game with eight, but it was way too little, too late as the Warriors put 11 more points in the bucket to finalize the score at 18-50.
Mallory McDonald led the Bruins in scoring with 11 points, even with missing 7 minutes of the first half because of her knee injury.
Whitney Floyd had 4 points, Iva Hart had 2 and Karlie Gonzalez rounded out the total with 1.
The Bruins end their season in the first round of the state playoffs with a record of 6-4 in the Far West League and 16-8 overall.
"I'm really proud of them," Schofield said following the game. "All that they accomplished this year, the way they responded to adversity all year long, makes me really proud.
"They had many opportunities to let this thing fall apart and here we are, one game away from getting back to Gill Coliseum where I don't think a lot of people had us penciled in to even get to this game. I'm just really proud of what they were able to do this year."