Bear River routs first league foe |

Bear River routs first league foe

The Bear River girls basketball team took its first step toward a Pioneer Valley League championship with a 66-32 rout of host Lincoln in both teams’ league opener Wednesday.

“It’s nice to get off to a good start in the PVL. Hopefully we can keep it going against Mira Loma (Sacramento) Friday,” Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie said.

Friday’s tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mira Loma.

Bear River (11-3 overall, 1-0 PVL), which made the jump to the newly-formed league from the Sierra Foothill League this season, went up 14-6 after the first eight minutes.

If the hosts thought they still had a chance going into the second quarter, they held no such hopes at the break.

Lady Bruin senior center Nicole Scott tore off 11 of her season-high and team-best 17 points in the second stanza as the visitors scored 23 points to Lincoln’s three.

“We had a big second quarter. It was a big breakout quarter scoring-wise for Nicole,” Ganskie added.

Bear River scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters en route to the blowout win.

“This is the first game all season where we had everyone score. It was a good all-around team-effort,” Ganskie said.

Bear River’s Meaghan Noud finished with 14 points, including a 3-pointer.

Maya Bryant had three field goals and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line to finish with eight points in the win. Cassie Smith was right behind with six points.

Amy Pistone and Julie Fry each hit from downtown and totaled five points each.

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