By Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

The lady Bruins were able to quash the visiting North Bend Bulldogs, 65-36, during their rematch game on Friday.

The win puts the Bruins at 7-1 in league play where they sit comfortably at second place in the Far West League. The Bruins are now 13-9 overall for the season at rank No. 9 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

Friday’s game saw the players and crowd dressed in pink to support breast cancer awareness, with a halftime dance performance by Azalea Middle School dance team.

The first quarter was neck-and-neck for the two teams the Bruins managed to pull ahead with a 2-pointer to go into the second at 11-9. The Bulldogs started to overtake the Bruins during the second quarter, but were rolled over by a 11-point run by the Bruins. The first half-ended at 28-20 in the Bruin’s favor.

The Bruins followed up in the second half by scoring a series of runs broken up by a few 3-pointers by the Bulldogs, which ultimately put them at 48-31 going into the fourth. The final quarter saw the Bruins making heavy gains while shutting down the Bulldogs offense to wrap things up at 65-36.

Coach Chris Schofield said he felt like the team got off to a sluggish start, but perked up as the Bulldogs wore down later in the night. Moving forward, he wants to polish up the Bruin’s defensive skills to help prepare them for a tough final stretch towards the league title.

“This late in the season we’re gonna get everyone’s best effort, which is why I think North Bend played so well in the first quarter,” Schofield said. “We’re in second, but we aren’t going to look past our next opponent.”

With second place locked down, the Bruins have their eyes on snatching the league title from Marshfield, but will need to first conquer South Umpqua to remain a contender. From there they’ll have to face Marshfield on their home court later this week.

The Bruins faced the South Umpqua Lancers Tuesday and then travel to Marshfield to play the Pirates Friday at 6 p.m.