Bruins girls varsity team defeats Pirates
Written by Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer   
January 08, 2014 08:51 am

In a low-scoring thriller of a game Tuesday, the traveling Lady Bruins varsity basketball team defeated the Marshfield Pirates 33-31.

The hometeam Pirates dominated from the beginning, ending the first quarter with a 16-9 lead. However, the Bruins took advantage of their opponent’s inability to capitalize on free throws in the second quarter, scoring 9 points to Marshfield’s 6, reducing the Pirate’s lead to 4 by halftime.

The third quarter was pivotal for the Bruins, who kept up the pressure to outscore the Pirates 9-0.

The game became a nail-biter in the fourth quarter as the Pirates fought back, outscoring the Bruins 9-6, but it wasn’t enough to catch up. 

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After trailing the Pirates by a large margin most of the game, the Bruins boys varsity team came back big time in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 40-40 and send it into overtime.

However, the Pirates took a quick 5-point lead with 2 minutes left, and the Bruins were unable to recover, despite a 3-point shot at the one-minute mark.

The Pirates scored a total of 12 points, winning the overtime battle 52-45.

The Pirates pummeled the Bruins 18-6 in the first quarter, and didn’t let up in the second quarter, taking a 28-16 lead at the half. The third quarter was much of the same, with the Pirates leading 38-27.

The fourth quarter saw a rejuvenated Bruins squad that scored 13 points to the Pirates’ two points, tying the game 40-40 at the buzzer. 

The Bruins failed to maintain the momentum, allowing the pirates to take a 7-point lead and win the battle.

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In Bruin JV action, the girls basketball team lost to the Pirates 38-28.

The boys team lost 48-32, and boys JV2 lost 53-48.

Last week action:

Boys varsity: On Friday, Jan. 3, the Bruins boys varsity team defeated Sutherlin 50-48 in their first Far West Conference game of the season. 

In pre-season action in December, the boys basketball team won the Winter Lake Tournament in Coquille and the home Brookings Invitational Tournament. 

Girls varsity:

The Lady Bruins played their first league game of the season on Jan. 3, losing 45-65 to Sutherlin, the number 1 ranked team in the state.