There’s a reason that Brookings-Harbor High School girls’ basketball coach Chris Schofield was wary of the Sutherlin Bulldogs as he chatted with The Pilot prior to that regular-season game.
Never mind that Brookings had just come off a 62-35 rout of Douglas High School and stood 1-1 in league play. “Sutherlin is going to be very tough,” predicted Schofield. “With the addition of Amy Dickover, they probably have the premier post player in the state.”
He was referring to Sutherlin High School’s recent transfer student from Drain.
And Friday night, Dickover didn’t disappoint.
The 6-foot-1-inch junior center helped her teammates slap on a suffocating pressure defense, swatting down Lady Bruins’ shots like they were troublesome flies.
Meantime, Dickover piled on 18 of the Lady Bulldogs’ points en route to a 48-20 drubbing of the Blue and Gold.
Only when coach Josh Grotting called off the Bulldogs in the fourth period by inserting freshmen players did Brookings get some modest traction in a game where the Lady Bruins were stuck in single digits much of the night.
Sutherlin came into the game undefeated in Far West 3A-5 league play and ranked No. 2 in the state, at 15-1. Its only loss had come at the hands of Philomath, 43-50, at the end of December.
And the Bulldogs came out of the gate hard, mounting a 13-2 lead by first quarter’s end. The lone Bruin bucket coming on a last-minute layup by senior Avana Pettus.
Second-quarter play was more of the same, with Sutherlin piling on another 14 points and making it 27-9 at the half.
The highlight for Brookings had come from a basket by Lexee Murray midway through the period, then a quick momentum shift late in the second quarter when Lexi Schofield ripped the nets for two, followed by a steal and then a quick inbound 3-point bucket courtesy of junior Bruin Sierra Fitzhugh.
After the intermission, the Dickover wrecking ball went to work in earnest, banging in bucket after bucket while converting her trips to the charity stripe.
By the end of three, Sutherlin led 34-13.
With Dickover on the sidelines for the remainder of the contest, having completed her task, the Bruins chipped in six more points before game’s end.
Brookings, despite the loss, remains in the No. 7 spot, with a record of 1-2 in the Far West 3A.
Brookings’ game scheduled for Tuesday night at North Valley High School in Grants Pass has been cancelled.
The Lady Bruins’ next matchup is this Friday, Jan. 24, with struggling St. Mary’s of Medford which, with the exception of beating Douglas 66-59, would otherwise be winless on the year.
Game time is 7 p.m.