The Brookings-Harbor High School girls and boys basketball teams took the start of their respective state championship destinies firmly in hand on Wednesday night and defeated the Mustangs of Hidden Valley in short order.

Girls win 56-24

The Lady Bruins allowed the Lady Mustangs just three points in the first quarter of their 56-24 victory, with the first field goal coming with just seven seconds remaining in the quarter.

"We did some things well," Head Coach Chris Schofield said. "There were some things that were very clear it was game one. It was nice to get a big lead so we could work on some things that we'll need later in the year and develop some depth on the bench."

The Bruins allowed just six points in the second quarter to take 40-9 lead into halftime.

Approximately half way through the third quarter the game was sewn up enough that Scofield began to give his bench players extensive minutes. While the bench players didn't score as readily as the starters did, they kept up the defensive pressure allowing just 15 points in the second half.

"It feels good to win our first game like that," sophomore guard Drew Farmer said. "Our full-court pressure was our main thing and they just couldn't handle it."

Boys win 56-50

"The kids played hard," Head Coach Buell Gonzales said. "Defensively, start to finish, our kids played really well. We beat a good team."

The Bruins opened up the first quarter slowly, but were able to limit the Mustangs to just eight points on their way to scoring 15. That point differential kept the Bruins ahead enough to keep the Mustangs from coming back for the entire game.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers during the course of the game, but with it being early in the season that can be expected.

"We played good," senior Justin Murray said. "It's really early so turnovers are going to happen and everything is going to be close. We have a lot of work to do but we got the win tonight."

Both teams are competing in a tournament in Yreka this weekend. Look for full coverage in Wednesday's edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot.