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PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River tops Willows at Live Oak tourney

The Bear River girls basketball team opened the 2016-17 non-league season with a 56-51 victory over Willows at the Live Oak Tournament Wednesday.

The Lady Bruins (1-0) battled the Honkers to a 22-22 halftime score before creating some separation in the third quarter. Bear River outscored the Honkers 20-15 in the third and matched them 14-14 in the fourth to earn the team’s first victory under new head coach Randy Billingsley.

Billingsley, who was a varsity assistant coach at Nevada Union for several years, takes over for longtime Lady Bruins head coach Jeff Bickmore.

Leading the Lady Bruins Wednesday night was junior Kaitlyn Meylor with 21 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Meylor also led the team with three 3-pointers. Also coming up big for Bear River was senior Alyssa Pulkinghorn with 13 points to go with five steals, senior Grace Sypnicki with seven points, including two 3-pointers, junior Mallory Rath with six points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, and senior Ashley Albee with three points, eight rebounds and four steals.

The Lady Bruins also won an exhibition “Foundation Game” over Marysville, 78-29, Monday. Meylor led Bear River with 21 points, Pulkinghorn added 12 points and Ashley Albee had nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Bear River will continue to battle it out at the Live Oak Tournament through Friday.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at wford@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232. Deadline for submission is 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.