FIRST HALF WOES HAMPER BRUINS IN 36-21 LOSS TO LANCERS

January 16, 2008 12:00 am

Despite playing even with the South Umpqua Lancers in the second half, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' basketball team couldn't come back from a 15-point deficit and fell 36-21 Tuesday night.

"I was really pleased with their effort in the second half," Coach Chris Schofield said. "They played with more energy and passion. We just have to find a way to get ourselves going right off the bat."

Once again, offensive production proved to be the big problem for the Bruins (0-2, 6-10) as they only managed eight first half points and only two in the second quarter.

First-half turnovers contributed to the low scoring and helped the Lancers (1-1, 8-9) take a 23-8 lead into halftime.

An improved defensive effort in the second half helped the Bruins play right with the Lancers as they tied South Umpqua 13-13.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Bruins rattled off six unanswered points before the Lancers were able to get on the board.

But South Umpqua scored six straight points of their own on 6-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 2:30 to close out the game.

Chelsey Hannan and Kara Miller had five points apiece to lead the Bruins.

Triana Crane led the Lancers with 13 points while Chelsea Duffy added 11.

In the JV game, the Bruins beat the Lancers 36-16.

The first league home game for the Bruins will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 against Siuslaw (0-2, 0-12).