Panthers boys basketball

The Panthers boys were handed a bitter 59-51 defeat last Tuesday after the Reedsport Braves turned things around after the first half. This loss puts the Panthers at 2-2 in the Sunset Conference, tied with Waldport for third place. The Panthers are now 9-7 overall at rank No. 25 in the OSAA 2A rankings.

The Panthers had a strong first half as they ended the first quarter at 17-10 and only lost a small bit of ground going into the half at 31-26. But the Panthers managed to lose their rhythm in the third quarter when the Lancers passed them at 45-39. The Bruins were unable to catch up with 11 points in the fourth quarter as the game ended with the Lancers leading 59-51.

“The first half we were in control of the tempo and the board and were doing a good job all around,” said coach Jay Trost. “The second half we just came out flat. We missed a few key defense rotations and they came back. Then we struggled to keep our heads up and maintain our composure.”

The Panthers hosted Waldport Friday and head to Myrtle Point on Tuesday to battle the Bobcats a second time at 7 p.m.

Panthers girls basketball

The Panthers girls racked up another victory against the Reedsport Braves last Tuesday, adding a fifth game to their ongoing streak after ending at a solid 52-25. This puts the undefeated Panthers at 4-0 in the Sunset Conference in first place. The Panthers are 11-5 overall for the season at rank No. 10 in the OSAA 2A rankings.

The Panthers opened the game by dominating the Braves 18-0 in the first quarter and establishing a huge 37-7 lead going into the second half. After subbing in many younger players, the Panthers remained safely ahead as they ended the third quarter at 46-13. The Lancers made modest gains in the final quarter, but could not catch up to the Panther’s huge lead at 52-25.

“We’re excited, but we have a long ways to go right now,” said coach Chris Clark. “We still need work defensively and need to be invested every play. To play on after the regular season you need to play at a certain level and we’re not there yet.”

The Panthers faced Waldport at home on Friday and will travel to Myrtle Point on Tuesday to face the Bobcats again at 5:30 p.m.

Bruins boys basketball

The Bruins boys basketball team travelled to South Umpqua last Tuesday where they battled the Lancers for a 49-37 victory. The win puts the Bruins a 3-1 in the Far West league, tied for second with North Bend. The Bruins are 9-9 overall for the season at rank No. 17 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Bruins took an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter but the Lancers started closing the gap as they ended the first half at 22-19. The Bruins gradually gained on their modest lead as they ended the first quarter at 33-26 before making large gains in the fourth and ending the game at 49-37.

The top scorer of the night was Luke Beaman at 14 points.

The Bruins went up against the Marshfield pirates on Friday and travel to Douglas to play the Trojans again on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Bruins girls basketball

Continuing their five-game winning streak, the Bruins girls basketball team took down the South Umpqua Lancers last Tuesday, 49-37. The lady Bruins stand undefeated at 4-0 in the Far West league, tied with the Marshfield Pirates for first place. The Bruins are 10-8 overall at rank No. 14 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Bruins ended the first quarter with a small 11-9 lead, but made increasing gains moving forward as they ended the half at 20-14 and the third at 32-24. The Bruins truly ran away with the game in the fourth quarter after scoring 19 points to the Lancer’s 5, which left them at 49-37.

Abby Farmer was the top scorer at 29 points.

“We got stronger defensively as the game wore on, but we still had our regular lulls on offensive, though I think we were sharper and executed better,” said coach Chris Schofield.

The Bruins played the Marshfield Pirates at home Friday and travel to face the Douglas Trojans again on Friday at 6 p.m.