When a team out-scores its opponents 22-1 in the first quarter, 18-10 in the second and 19-1 in the third there isn't much else it can do andndash; except out-score them in the fourth.
That is exactly what the Brookings-Harbor High School girls basketball team did to the Lady Mustangs of Hidden Valley on Tuesday night as they claimed a 69-19 pre-season victory.
"I think we did really good," junior Karlie Gonzalez said. "We played our game not theirs."
According to Head Coach Chris Schofield, it can be a challenge when you're out-playing your opponent by such a huge difference.
"It's easy to get up when you're the underdog," he said. "The challenge is to come out and play with energy. When we play with energy the rest falls into place.
"We did a really good job of keeping up the energy," he added. "All in all, I'm really proud of our effort tonight."
Boys claim hard-fought win over Mustangs
The boys basketball program out-scored their opponents andndash; the Hidden Valley Mustangs andndash; three out of four quarters to win its home opening game, 49-40.
The opening quarter was eight minutes of give and take with the Bruins coming out on top 10-9 when the buzzer rang but the Bruins turned up the thermostat in the second quarter, opened their lead to 11 and never looked back.
"I felt like we did pretty well," junior guard Jake Vaughn said. "We need to work on some things. We pushed in the second quarter now we need to work on pushing in the fourth quarter, too."
Justin Murray and Ronnie Manley tied with 16 points each to lead the Bruins in their offensive effort, and the Bruins defense refused to quit even when the Mustangs looked like they might draw close.
Both squads will host the Brookings Invitational tournament beginning on Friday at the CFCU Pavilion on the BHHS campus.
Boys take second at Yreka tournament
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team claimed a second-place finish at the Yreka Invitational basketball tournament on Saturday with a 34-68 loss to the Hornets of Henley High School.
The Bruins kept it close (7-10) in the first quarter but failed to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities for a 10-point deficit at the half.
"We were in the game the whole time," Head Coach Matt Simpson said. "We missed some key opportunities, and we got some great looks, but they just weren't falling."
The Hornets kept increasing their lead in the third and fourth quarters with the Bruins scoring just four points in the fourth quarter.
Girls take fifth with 60-45 victory over Yreka
The Brookings-Harbor High School Lady Bruins limited the Yreka Lady Miners to just six points in the first quarter and only 45 overall as they cruised to a fifth-place finish in the Yreka Invitational tournament on Saturday.
"They worked really hard," Head Girls Coach Chris Schofield said after the win.
According to Schofield, the squad wasn't happy with how they played in the half-court defence but when they pressed they kept up the energy.
"It was a way good start to the season," Senior Lakota Hatcher said. "We're starting to see who we are and what we can do."