Bruin basketball teams enter playoffs firing on all cylinders

By Ryan Sparks, Curry Coastal Pilot February 21, 2014 10:15 pm

Girls Basketball

In their regular season finale, the Brookings-Harbor Lady Bruins basketball team are in prime playoff form as they dominated the South Umpqua Lady Lancers, 73-35, at South Umpqua high school on Friday night.

BHHS guard Mallory McDonald scored a team high 23 points, 14 of those in a first quarter that ended in a 26-6 Bruin lead.  

The Lady Bruins (21-2, 10-2) were strong from the get-go against a South Umpqua team that was overmatched. Lady Lancers senior forward Rory Patterson led all scoring with 24 points but her Lady Lancer teammates didn’t provide much help.  Other than Patterson only one other player scored a field goal for South Umpqua (2-20, 1-11).

It was quite the opposite on the offensive end for BHHS.  Every Lady Bruin on the roster scored as they led by an impressive 35 points at halftime and by 44 points at the end of the third quarter.

BHHS now looks ahead to the playoffs, where their fate is still somewhat up in the air. They know they are in the playoffs but when and where they play will have much to do with what happens in the Skyline Conference tournament. The Lady Bruins could be playing in the first round or, as they would prefer, host a playoff game after a first-round bye.

For now the Lady Bruins will have to sit and wait until Tuesday evening to find out where their playoff journey will begin.

Boys Basketball

Four BHHS players scored in double-digits as the Bruins ended their regular season on a positive note, steam rolling the South Umpqua Lancers, 68-46.

 The Bruins (14-8, 7-5) received a big lift from senior forward Ronnie Manley, who scored a game-high 17 points in his first game back from being sidelined with a sinus infection. Manley immediately provided a spark, scoring 5 points in the first few minutes of the game to get BHHS of to an early 8-2 lead they would never relinquish.

Manley’s energy seemed to light a fire in his teammates as they played active and tenacious from whistle-to-whistle.  The 68 points the Bruins scored is their third-highest output of the season and their largest lead came late in the third quarter when they found themselves up by 24 points. 

Impressive considering in their last meeting they only beat South Umpqua by 9 points.

Bruin senior guard Jacob Vaughn scored 12 points and his brother Dexter chipped in with 11.  Guard Justin Murray had 10 points in a well-rounded and balanced Bruin offensive showcase.

BHHS put the game away for good coming out of halftime. They opened up the third quarter on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 22 points before the Lancers knew what hit them.

The convincing victory gives BHHS some momentum heading into the playoffs. They now wait to see when and where they will be heading. They know they will be playing in the play-in round on the road next weekend, they just won’t know who their opponent is until Tuesday evening.