Effort the key in victory
Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer   
January 09, 2013 09:14 am

Mallory McDonald, left, gets fouled as she goes up for two of her team-leading 21 points in Tuesday night’s loss. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Mallory McDonald, left, gets fouled as she goes up for two of her team-leading 21 points in Tuesday night’s loss. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
 

In the first quarter of the Brookings-Harbor versus Douglas girls basketball game, the Trojans’ 16 points came because they were able to knock down shots from the free-throw line and one player, senior Tori Bond (10), was on fire from behind the three-point arc. 

And while the Lady Bruins weren’t playing with their typical intensity, they held the lead 17-16 at the end of eight minutes.

That lead would dwindle and completely vanish in the second (9-21) and third (12-17) quarters as the Bruins were drawn and quartered by the visiting Trojans 66-51.

“We got out-hustled,” Head Coach Chris Schofield said. “They beat us to the ball and they beat us on the boards. We just didn’t move our feet.

“We were awful and they were great.”

The Bruins tried to turn the corner in the fourth quarter and come back from the 15-point deficit, but it was too little, too late.

“Our energy coming out wasn’t high enough,” guard Drew Farmer said. “We need to work harder at the beginning when we are leading and not just at the end when we are trying to come back.”

The Bruins are 9-5 on the season and 0-1 in Far West League play with the loss to Douglas and will host the Bulldogs of North Bend  Friday night at 6 p.m.

“We’re looking to get back on the horse and ride against North Bend,” Schofield said. “We’ll take it one game at a time and not worry about anything else.”

Brookings-Harbor High School junior Jake Vaughn (23) drives hard to the basket during Tuesday night’s league-opening win over the Trojans of Douglas High School. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Brookings-Harbor High School junior Jake Vaughn (23) drives hard to the basket during Tuesday night’s league-opening win over the Trojans of Douglas High School. The Pilot/Jef Hatch

Boys trounce Douglas Trojans 61-42

The game began slowly with both teams scoring just one point in the first few minutes, but once the Bruins found their groove, the fat lady was singing as the Trojans’ bus driver warmed up the ’hound for the ride home.

The Bruin defense held the Trojans to that single point for most of the first quarter while scoring eight more of their own, and ended the first quarter with a 9-5 lead.

That lead was only the beginning as the Bruins out-scored the Trojans 14-6 in the second quarter, 18-14 in the third and 20-17 in the fourth for the 61-42 victory.

“This game, in our mind-set, was a bounce-back game for us,” Head Coach Matt Simpson said. “With a four-game losing streak coming into league we had to bounce back. 

“League is where it matters.”

Junior forward Chandler Dodd agreed.

“It was good,” he said. “This was a game we were supposed to win and we did. We just did what we had to do.”

According to Simpson the Bruins played selfless basketball making it difficult to single out any one player as a driving force in the victory.

“It was a full-team effort,” he said. “All the players were on the same page and everyone did their part. We did what we needed to do to get the job done.”

The Bruins are 8-6 on the season and open up league play 1-0. They will host the North Bend Bulldogs Friday night at 7 p.m., at the CFCU Pavilion on the BHHS campus.