By Mathew Brock

The Bruins girls basketball team gave a solid showing for their first league game of the year, defeating the Douglas Trojans at 41-32 last Friday.

The win puts the Bruins to 1-0 in league play, tied with Marshfield and South Umpqua in the Far West League and 7-8 overall for the season.

The Bruins took an early lead against the Trojans, ending the first quarter at 15-10 and securing a modest 9-point lead when they ended the half at 23-14. The Trojans kept a steady pace, but couldn’t catch up to the Bruins as they ended the third quarter at 30-23.

Abby Farmer led the Bruins with 21 points.

Coach Chris Schofield was prepared, but slightly wary to begin league play last week, noting the team has made substantial growth over the season, but still had room for improvement.

“You never know until you get on the floor. You can see it in practice, but it doesn’t always transfer to the floor on game night,” said Schofield “But there’s a lot we’ve cleaned up and we’re much better rounded.”

After seeing the team in action, Schofield is feeling confident about the girl’s ability to maintain morale and energy levels throughout lengthy games and their many ups and downs.

“Earlier in the year, when we played well offensively we played harder and when we missed shots we didn’t. Tonight we played harder regardless,” said Schofield. “Our offense came and went, but we played hard the whole time.”

Schofield plans to work on playing inside out and maintaining the team’s energy throughout moving forward, as well as polishing up some finer points of defense and work to make the team’s offensive execution more consistent.

The Bruins hosted Siuslaw Tuesday and travel to North Bend on Friday to play the Bulldogs at 6 p.m.