By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

The Bruins played the first round of the girls 3A basketball state playoffs on Friday against Yamhill-Carlton Tigers.

The Bruins defeated the Tigers at a solid 49-36, advancing them to the quarterfinal match against Burns.

“Any time they got going, one of our kids would too. Somebody, a different kid came through every time we needed it,” said Bruins coach Chris Schofield.

The Tigers took the lead in the first quarter at 13-7, but the Bruins bounced back in the second quarter with 18 points to the Tiger’s seven. The score was 25-20 going into the second half with the Bruins in the lead.

“Both teams started out with a lot of adrenaline. I told them to just breathe,” Schofield said.

The Bruins maintained a healthy lead in the third quarter at 39-29 as the Tigers fought to steal back the momentum, but the Bruins managed to keep them shut down. The final quarter saw the Bruins score a healthy 10 points to the Tiger’s seven, ending the game at 49-36 in the Bruins favor.

The top scorer of the night for the Bruins was Lexi Schofield at 13 points, followed close behind by Lexee Murray at 12. Sidney Alexander was third best at eight points.

“We knew we’d make them all or miss them all in the first quarter; we needed to get settled,” Schofield said. “After first quarter, they wore out. I said ‘we’ll just pressure them all day and run them into the ground.’”

The Bruins face Burns this Thursday at Marshfield High School as a neutral site. The game will start at 1:30 p.m.

Burns went undefeated in their league this year at 10-0 and defeated their first round opponent, La Pine at 53-31 on Saturday.

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