By Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

Last Friday, the two undefeated contenders for the girls basketball title in the Far West League met at Brookings-Harbor High School to decide who would take the first place spot going into the second half of league play.

After a hard fought game against the Marshfield Pirates, the Bruins were defeated, 49-41, ending their five-game winning streak but not their league playoff ambitions. The Bruins are now 4-1 in the league at second place and 10-9 overall for the season at rank No. 15 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Pirates took the lead in the first quarter at 8-4, but the Bruins showed promise as they closed the gap and ended the first half only 3 points behind at 24-21. As the game went on, however, the Bruins were gradually worn down by the Pirates long and quick passing game, while also having their key offensive players locked down by the Pirate’s defense during the second half.

The gap widened as the third quarter ended with the Bruins behind, 37-30 and they failed to catch up to the Pirate’s lead before the game drew to a close.

Abby Farmer was the Bruins top scorer of the night at 21 points.

“We had some looks at the rim that we couldn’t finish and it really hurt us,” said coach Chris Schofield. “We gave up too many rebounds which just killed us. In the first half Marshfield really struggled, but we left them off the hook.”

According to Schofield, the Bruins felt confident coming into the game, but the young team was overwhelmed by the Pirates more experienced players and high level athleticism compared to the year’s previous opponents.

“They really locked us down in the second half and it was tough for us offensively. Our defense let us hang around, but it just wasn’t quite enough.

Going forward, the Bruins still have their eyes on a spot in the league playoffs, but are in for a gauntlet of strong opponents who will have the home court advantage.

“They played us tough here and they’ll play tougher home, but if we keep up how we’ve playing they’ll be in for a real dogfight,” said Schofield.

The Bruins were off Tuesday for a mid-season break. On Friday, the Bruins travel to Douglas to face the third-place Trojans again at 6 p.m.