Bear River advances |

Bear River advances

What began as a close round one Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff game between Bear River and Dixon soon turned into a traditional Bruin blowout with seniors Karli Kephart and Julie Fry propelling their team to a 60-38 win.

The two teams went back and forth for the beginning of the first quarter, but a Lauren Juric layup with two minutes, 13 seconds to go set off an 11-2 Bruin run to give Bear River a 17-10 lead after one quarter of play.

After a Fry three-pointer at the 5:31 mark in the second quarter, to give the Bruins a 24-10 lead, the rout was on.

“I could kind of tell in warm-ups that we didn’t have the intensity we wanted to have to start the game,” Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore said. “In the second quarter we got it going with good defense and by halftime we pretty much had it wrapped up.”

Kephart sparked her team in the early going with five assists in the first quarter and ended the game with 12 points, eight assists and five steals. Fry finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Both players sat out the majority of the third quarter.

“I always expect Karli and Julie to do great things, especially now since this is it for them,” Bickmore said. “I knew they would be stepping up because they want to go out on a good playoff run.”

Juric, a sophomore, ended the night with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while senior guard Cori Eden got into the action scoring eight points.

“We had some trouble matching up with their height,” Dixon (17-11) coach Scott Immel said. “Bear River is a really smart team and took advantage of our mistakes especially anytime we played soft.”

If No. 3 Del Oro (22-4) beats No. 14 Mesa Verde (16-10), like most suspect they will, the Bruins will travel to Del Oro Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

“Del Oro is a really tough, disciplined and smart team,” Bickmore said. “They have four players like Karli Kephart and Julie Fry that are good leaders and don’t make mistakes.”

Immel said the Bruins’ hustle, discipline and intelligence will be tough for teams to contend with as the playoffs continue and notes that if the Bruins (23-4) get hot from behind the arc, they will be difficult to beat.

Dixon-Bear River Boxscore

Dixon 10 5 4 19 ” 38

Bear River 17 17 16 10 ” 60

Dixon (38)

Kitchen 5 2-2 14, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Mallory 0 0-0 0, Stacey 0 0-0 0, Reese 0 0-0 0, Luna 3 0-0 7, Jolander 1 1-2 3, Torres 2 0-0 4, Garcia 2 4-6 8. Totals 14 7-10 38.

Bear River (60)

Kephart 5 0-0 12, Landre 1 0-0 2, Fredrickson 1 0-1 2, Harter 2 0-0 4,

Fry 6 0-0 14, Noud 0 0-2 0, Eden 2 2-2 8, Weeks 2 0-2 4, Juric 5 0-2 10, Uno 0 0-0 0, Spence 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 2-9 60.

Three-point goals ” Kephart, Fry, Eden 2, Kitchen 1. Total Fouls ” 29.

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