In a reversal of Tuesday night's fortune, the basketball gods smiled favorably on the BHHS girls basketball team in the early game, while the boys came up three points short in the late game.
Brookings-Harbor girls 62, North Bend 27
The first quarter of Friday night's game was slow for the Lady Bruins as they ended the first eight minutes down 8-9, but Head Coach Chris Schofield refused to let the sleeping giant lie, and the Bruins' pressure defense held the Lady Bulldogs to three points in the second quarter and the Lady Bruins scored 14.
"Our biggest problem in the first half was we didn't make any layups," Schofield said. "We did a good job of relaxing, and just playing in the second half."
The third quarter found the Lady Bruins with six more points, 19-13, than the Lady Bulldogs and then the defense really took hold in the fourth andndash; stopping all but one of the Lady Bulldogs attempts at scoring andndash; as they ran up a 21-2 quarter score to end the game 62-27.
"We came on in the second quarter and really pushed to get our energy up," post Courtney Kay said. "It feels great to get the win."
Brookings-Harbor boys 45, North Bend 48
There was never more than a two-point difference between the Bruins and the Bulldogs at the end of each of four quarters of play in Friday night's barn burner.
The BHHS boys basketball team made the OSAA fourth-ranked Bulldogs of North Bend sweat blood for ever one of the points they scored, but fell just short in the final seconds of the 45-48 loss.
"It's mixed emotions for me," junior Calvin Watwod said. "I'm happy because I know we're there, and if we're there we can play in Corvallis (the state championships are held at Oregon State University in Corvallis) but we lost."
Head Coach Matt Simpson agreed.
"It feels good to know that we can play anyone in the state," he said. "We're just changing our mentality, that we have to prepare for every game like we prepared for that one."
Both Bruins teams travel to Florence on Tuesday to take on the Siuslaw Vikings.
Girls are scheduled for 6 p.m., while boys are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Boys JV andndash; Brookings-Harbor High School 31, North Bend 38.
Girls JV andndash; Brookings-Harbor High School 50, North Bend 33.