Brookings-Harbor Lady Bruins basketball fans can rejoice. Your team is heading for the state playoffs. It was never really in question.
The fourth-ranked O.S.A.A. Bruins had their ticket to the big dance punched by nabbing the second spot in the Far West 3A-5 League, but Friday’s 59-37 win against South Umpqua kept third-place Cascade Christian held in check. At least for a week anyway.
Brookings-Harbor needed to defeat the Lancers to obtain that all-important home-court advantage this Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. when they face the Challengers for the third time this year to determine the seeding for the 3A state playoff brackets.
BHHS got things going early as Sidney Alexander dropped a three-point bomb on South Umpqua to help propel the Blue and Gold to an 11-6 advantage by the first period’s end.
Not to be outdone, three-point mania continued into the second frame with the Lady Bruins knocking down three more triples, this time Lexee Murray and Sierra Fitzhugh lighting up the scoreboard on the way to a 29-15 romp almost doubling their Roseburg area hosts at the half. The Bruins outscored their rivals 18 to 9 in the quarter.
The fun kept on coming as the playoff-bound coastal girls in the third quarter eclipsed South Umpqua by 44-22 with less than 2 minutes to go.
That, in turn, set the table for BHHS to put away the game in the final stanza holding onto that 22-point lead 59-37.
Thursday’s contest against Cascade Christian is expected to be a barn burner as these teams are virtual mirror images of each other in depth and talent.
Each team has one win and one loss against the other. The Lady Bruins are second in Far West 3A-5 League standings at 7-3 behind undefeated top-ranked O.S.A.A. Sutherlin (10-0).
BHHS got a five-point win, 44-39, against the Challengers (6-4) back on Jan. 31. CCHS prevailed over BHHS on Jan. 10 by a similar margin, 43-40.