The Lady Bruins basketball team is on its way to the state playoffs after an exciting 55-26 victory Saturday night over Yamhill-Carlton (YC).

Both teams started the game aggressively, with Brookings chalking up seven fouls and YC with 10 by halftime. The score was an even 15-15.

In the second half, stamina and patience paid off as the Lady Bruins' defense put the pressure on while the offense stuck to the playbook and systematically wore down their opponents with non-stop scoring.

By the end of the third period, the Bruins had a commanding 29-20 lead.

BHHS owned the fourth quarter as the team's consistent passing and drives to the basket netted another 26 points to YC's 6.

"It was a mix of feelings," Head Coach Chris Schofield said of the win. "It's hard when your expectations are so high. They've been hearing all week, and we've been trying to tune it out, but it's tough not to listen to 'you're going to win by 50, put up a 100 points.'They're (YC) not here because they're scrubs. The big thing was, we won and moved on."

The Bruins' Iva Hart led the team with 12 points, followed by Cassie Vaught's9 points (all 3-pointers in the second half). Mallory McDonald sank 8 points before an injury sent her to the bench permanently in the third quarter. Courtney Kay scored 5 points and also executed some crucial steals during the game.

The Lady Bruins will travel to Cottage Grove on Saturday.