The Bruins hosted their neighbors from Crescent City on Wednesday as they took on the Del Norte Warriors. The Bruins remained competitive in the first quarter but lost their momentum after coming into the second half as the Warriors came out on top at a wide 61-33 split.
“We knew they were good coming in and I just don’t think we competed very well tonight,” said Bruins head coach Chris Schofield. “Things didn’t go well for us in the first half and I don’t think we responded very well. We couldn’t make shots and let it affect everything else.”
The Bruins kept pace with the Warriors for most of the first quarter as they scored first with a freethrow by Sierra Kitzhugh. The Warriors followed up with a couple three-pointers to steal the lead, but the Bruins followed closely behind until the three-minute mark.
An injury on the Warriors side caused a timeout and after both teams had caught their breath, the Warriors went all out to gain a big 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. From there they maintained a fast-paced and physical game, outscoring the Bruins 17-13 in the second quarter to end the half at a wide 36-22 advantage.
The Bruins were rattled in the second half and unable to make much headway in the third quarter. The Warriors outscored them 13-3, widening the gap at 49-25. The Bruins rallied a bit in the fourth to trail behind the Warriors at a 12-8 split but ultimately ended with the Warriors far ahead at 61-33.
The top scorer for the night for the Bruins was Sierra Fitzhugh with a total of 11 points. Avana Pettus had the nest most at seven and Lexi Schofield brought in the third most at six.
While the Bruins struggled at points, facing a team like Del Norte has helped pinpoint some of the areas they’ll be needing to work on moving forward.
“We’ve got a lot to clean up, both offensively and defensively,” Schofield said. “You could see tonight that all the things that lurk just under the surface come back out when things get rough. A lot of falling into bad habits.”
Schofield plans to work on a lot of the finer details of play once the team returns from a short Christmas break, hoping to round things out before the team begins league play early next month.
The Bruins are near even so far at a 4-5 overall record for their pre-season games. They currently rank No. 17 in the OSAA 3A rankings.
The Bruins break for a week before returning this Friday to hit the North Valley Tournament with their first match against their hosts starting at noon. They’ll continue that Saturday against Baker at 12:45 p.m.