After having Tuesday’s game with North Valley canceled, coach Chris Schofield’s Lady Bruins came to Medford on Friday looking... well, rested.
Maybe they have that famous television advertising guru “My Pillow Guy” Mike, on speed dial?
Whatever the reason, the Brookings-Harbor basketball team came with game and over four periods convincingly dismantled their Farwest 3A-5 counterparts, the St. Mary Crusaders, 64-33, to up their league record to 2-2 and enter into a potential four-way traffic jam with South Umpqua, Cascade Christian, and Douglas for the second spot behind undefeated 4-0 Sutherlin.
BHHS senior guard, Sidney Alexander, got it to going early on in the contest after grabbing the opening tip-off to immediately turn and fire a three-pointer. She continued her scoring spree reeling off 11 of the Lady Bruins’ 21 points along with teammate, Shelby Jirsa, who also knocked down a triple.
The Lady Crusaders managed to net 10 points in the first frame, many of them as a result of some overly eager defensive Bruins’ play that resulted in multiple trips to the charity stripe for the home team throughout the evening.
A predictor of things to come, BHHS would be without the services of two of its leading scorers for most of the evening, when Sierra Fitzhugh and Alexander picked up two fouls apiece, earning a place on the bench. It did not matter.
The second period saw the Bruins expand their lead at the half to 45-20 with Alexander making a quick appearance to can another trey, the highlight for St. Mary’s coming when sophomore Paige Rajagopal nailed a three-pointer of her own.
The Bruins continued to be in foul trouble. Huddling with Schofield at the intermission, the reality in front of them was that four Lady Bruins had three fouls each with the second half still to play.
Fortunately for the BHHS nation, the O.S.A.A. sixth-ranked Bruins had enough in the tank to go the distance, outscoring their hosts 12-9 in the third to expand their margin to 57-29.
Like a driver nervously looking at the gas gauge and seeing it flirting with empty, the Lady Bruins entered the final frame with four team members close to fouling out.
Alexander led the Bruins with 17 points, followed by Pettis with 16 and with Murray nine.
The Lady Bruins improve to 2-2 in league, while St. Mary’s drops to 0-4. Brookings-Harbor is playing at home in the next two contests against South Umpqua on Tuesday and Cascade Christian on Friday. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m and 5:30 p.m., respectively.