Coal plus pressure plus heat equals diamond. Except when the pressure is exerted by the BHHS Lady Bruins defense, and then there is only a pile of coal dust left on the hardwood to be swept away by the cleaning staff.
The Lady Bruins used their high pressure defense to limit the Lady Eagles of La Pine to just 5 points in the first half and 21 total in the 63-21 victory.
"We really kept the tempo up the entire time," senior Athena Farr said. "We didn't play at their level, we played our game."
The only times the Lady Eagles scored were when the Lady Bruins were not utilizing their defensive press and in the first half, only two of La Pine's five points were from a field goal the remainder came from the foul line.
Coming off a 28-54 loss at Mazama on Wednesday the win was a boost for the Lady Bruins confidence and puts them in the final game at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 8).
"I thought they played really well," Head Coach Chris Schofield said. "We have to get out of the habit of reaching and slapping at the ball. We play such a high tempo defense that we are going to get fouls without reaching and slapping."
Boys lose close game at the buzzer to Del Norte
A flat first half by the Brookings-Harbor High School boys basketball team led to game finish that was closer than it should have been as they lost, 40-42 to the Warriors of Del Norte High School.
"We came out soft and underestimated them," guard Justin Murray said. "I think it is a duel for us when we play them and we can't let it get us down. We just have to take the loss and look to the next game."
The Bruins controlled the game in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
"They beat us the first two quarters and we beat them the last two," Head Coach Matt Simpson said. "I told the guys that every possession is the most important and we have to play with that intensity the entire game."
Trailing 17-24 at halftime the Bruins allowed the Warrior's lead to increase to 11 before upping the intensity level and drawing even in the fourth quarter. The Bruins led at times, but in the end a turnover and a few missed opportunities to score led to the Bruins defeat.
"We had a couple of missed layups and some missed 3-pointers in the game," Simpson said. If we had made those, we may have won by two or four."
The Bruins play in the consolation finals at 2 p.m. today (Dec. 8) in the CFCU Pavilion on the BHHS campus.