Bruins basketball dominant on road in sweep of Douglas
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
It was a banner day for the Brookings Bruins basketball programs Friday night, as both the boys and girls varsity and JV teams left Douglas high school with convincing victories, making it a clean sweep on the road trip to Winston.
The Lady Bruins took another positive step towards the playoffs as they used a stellar defense en route to a 59-44 drubbing of the Douglas Trojans Friday night in Winston.
After suffering a loss to Sutherlin followed by a close victory against Marshfield in their past two contests, the Bruins got back to the style of gameplay they have become accustomed to this season: blowout wins.
The Bruins (17-2, 7-2) pounced on the Trojans (8-9, 4-4) from the outset of the game with a team defense that didn't allow a field goal until 1:37 left in the first quarter. Led by the play of senior sharpshooter Francesca Farr, who scored eight points in the opening quarter, Brookings was able to build a 17-6 lead going into the second frame.
Trojan fortunes didn't get much better in the second half as the Bruin defense, keyed by sophomore sensation Drew Farmer's constant ball pressure, continued to hold Douglas to just six points of offense well into the second quarter. The Trojans were unable to score a point in the second quarter until a little over three minutes were left until halftime. By then the Bruins had the game well in had with a 31-13 lead going into the third quarter.
Brookings continued to apply defensive pressure in the second half to ensure any hopes the Trojans had of a comeback were quickly dashed.
Three pointers by Trojans Ally Schofield, Alex Richey, and Justine Bringhurst pulled the Trojans to within 10 points midway through the third quarter, but that's as close as Douglas would get as Farmer's pressure caused several turnovers and Bruin leading rebounder Jordyn Keys provided no second shot opportunities with her gritty work on the boards.
Ten players scored for the Bruins, with Farr and Farmer leading the way with 14 points each.
It was an important win for the Bruins, who are currently ranked third in the 4A section, as they look to remain in their current seed and avoid a play-in game situation when the playoffs begin next month.
The Bruin JV girls beat Douglas, 55-32. Courtney Bay scored 19 points and Vanessa Hernandez tallied 12 points in the win.
Bruin guard Jacob Vaughn scored nine of his 14 points in the third quarter to lead his team to a convincing 62-44 win over the Douglas Trojans.
The Bruins (12-7, 5-4), who have lost five of their last six games, jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game capped senior Dexter Vaughn's three pointer.
The Bruin defense held Douglas (1-16, 0-8) to just eight points in the first quarter.
Douglas cut into that lead in the second quarter and were able to get within nine points in the third when Jacob Vaughn took over.
Vaughn hit a shot coming off a screen and was fouled. He converted the subsequent free throw, completing an important three-point-play stretching the lead to 45-33 with just over a minute to go in the third quarter.
That was as close as the Trojans would get as the Bruin perimeter defense, spearheaded by the Vaughn brothers and Justin Murray, held Douglas' leading scorer, center Austin Porter, to zero field goals from the midway point of the third quarter through the end of the game. Porter finished with 14 points on the night.
A total of nine Bruins scored, led by Jacob Vaughn's 14 points and senior Justin Murray's 11 points. Forwards Derek Hodge and Christian Edwards scored six points a piece for Brookings who break a three-game losing streak with the victory.
The Bruins are currently ranked eighth in the OSAA 4A rankings.
Brookings' next game is Friday as they host Siuslaw for their last home game of the season.
The JV boys team also picked up a win in Douglas, as they trounced the Trojans, 61-48.
Sean Colbert scored 13 points to lead the Bruins and Jordan King chipped in with 11 points of his own.