The “never-give-up” Lady Bruins basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit at halftime to slap a defensive deep freeze on the visiting Cascade Christian Challengers in the second half.
It was a testament to tenacious play under pressure. The home town Brookings-Harbor team bewildered the Medford team by virtually shutting down the CCHS scoring lanes, holding the visitors to a mere two points in each of the final two periods of the second half to get the come-from-behind win, 44-39.
Bruins coach Chris Schofield needed to only hearken back a couple of weeks to recall these same Challengers upending Brookings-Harbor 43-40 at their house in another nail biter. After Friday’s contest, tight games appear to be par for the course whenever these two Farwest League rivals meet on the court.
Turn about is fair play-unless, of course, you’re on the short end of the stick.
The Challengers got on track early knocking down 18 points to BHHS’s 12. Brookings-Harbor’s reliable net swisher, Sidney Alexander hit a helpful three-point shot, while teammate, Avana Pettus, ripped the net to keep Brookings within six.
The second frame saw Cascade Christian upping the ante by pounding the boards and getting defensive rebounds. That, in turn, set the table for several fastbreak scores. The result? CCHS outscored the Lady Bruins, 17-9, heading into the halftime seemingly well in charge of the game, 35-21. Seemingly.
Not so fast.
After the intermission, a reinvigorated, focused-like-a-laser-beam coastal team, went to work methodically pouring water on the Challengers’ first-half scoring spree. The plucky Lady Bruins outscored the surprised Cascade Christian squad, 11-2, pumping in shot after shot while employing an aggressive hand-in-the-face defense that had the Challengers reeling. By the end of three BHHS trailed 37-32.
Heading down the final stretch, the Bruins Sierra Fitzhugh canned a quick layup to pull BHHS within 37-34. Then Alexander added a successful trip to the rack putting it up and in making it a one-point contest 37-36.
After trading buckets, Alexander pushed the Lady Bruins into the lead for the first time with a jumper and a free throw to make it 41-39.
Cascade Chrisitan couldn’t make the connecting flight missing a shot on their end and with seconds left desperation fouled the Bruins Pettus on the inbound play to send her to the charity stripe.
Pettus fired two perfect shots to place the game on ice 44-39, sending hometown crowd into jubilation in the Brookings-Harbor gym as the buzzer sounded.
High scorers for BHHS were Pettus with 11, Fitzhugh with nine, and Alexander and Jirsa with eight apiece.
With the win, the Lady Bruins (4-2) occupy the second spot in league play behind first place Sutherlin (6-0). The fourth-ranked Bruins, according to the latest O.S.A.A. state rankings, will face off against second-ranked Sutherlin on Friday at home which should be a barn burner after traveling to Douglas on Tuesday. Games begin at 5:30 p.m.