By Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

After a strong season, the lady Bruins hit a wall Feb. 16 when faced with their undefeated league rivals from Marshfield, ending up in second place with an 8-2 league record. The Pirates bested them for the second time at 49-34 as the only team in the league that was able to defeat the Bruins this year.

They might have lost the league title, but now they’ve set their sights on a high spot in the state playoffs after winning Friday’s game against the Philomath Warriors, 68-38.

The Bruins came out in full force against the Bulldogs, with a colossal 13-point run right out of the gate to end the first quarter with a wide 17-6 spread. The second quarter saw a glut of three-pointers catapult the Bruins even further ahead at 37-15.

The Bruin’s defense slowed down a bit in the third by allowing the Warriors to double their points, but the Bruins remained comfortably ahead at 50-30. To make up for it, they scored another 18-points in the fourth while holding the Warriors to eight to end the game at a wide 68-38.

The top scorer of the night was Abby Farmer, who officially became the school’s all-time top scorer in the third quarter when she hit 1,425 points with an uncontested layup, breaking the 1987 record of 1,422. Becky Wattwood, the previous top scorer for Brookings-Harbor High School, was in attendance to celebrate Farmer’s achievement.

Coach Chris Schofield was thrilled about the Bruins performance Friday, but knows things only get more intense from here on out. Schofield credits the Bruins powerful offense for the victory, but says they will need to keep up their defense efforts if they’re going to remain competitive at the state level.

“We had at least 12 three-pointers in the first half. That wins basketball games,” Schofield said. “This time of the year, just winning matters so we can advance. We were tough defensively the first two quarters and then not as good the last two, but it helped us set a good tempo.”

With the play-in game out of the way, the Bruins start the first round of playoffs against the Bulldogs 8:15 p.m. Friday at Baker High School. If they can best the Bulldogs, they’ll advance into the first quarter of the playoff tournament.