Bruins dole out a 65-37 drubbing
The Oakmont girls basketball team was all that stood between Bear River and its first Sierra Foothill League title since 1999 Tuesday.
Poor, poor Oakmont.
Briana Thomas and Meaghan Noud combined for 28 first-half points as host Bear River dropped a 65-37 bomb on the last-place Lady Vikings.
The win guarantees the Lady Bruins (20-7 overall, 12-1 SFL), who went into the matchup one game ahead of second-place Rocklin, at least a share of the title. Bear River can take the title outright with a win at Woodcreek in Thursday’s regular-season finale.
Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie, whose squad won three straight SFL titles from 1996-99, but finished in third the last two seasons, said the win ties the season thus far into a nice, neat little package.
“This was one of our goals at the beginning of the season. We decided we weren’t going to look too far down the road. We were going to take first things, first and the league title (was first on the list,” Ganskie said. “They’ve done everything we said we had to do to win the league title. Now we’ve got to put all of our energy into taking the ‘co-‘ off the banner by getting a win at Woodcreek.”
Thomas, who finished with 16 points and tied Emily Collins for the team-high in-rebounds with six, said her squad has to take care of business Thursday.
“We know we have to take the win just because we don’t want to share it with Rocklin. We want it all for ourselves,” she said. “We’ve worked real hard all year, and we’re going to keep pushing.”
Oakmont took advantage of four first quarter turnovers and some shaky Lady Bruin shooting to stay in the game early.
The Lady Vikings (7-20, 0-13) trailed by six after eight minutes, but that was as close as they got.
Noud scored nine of her game-high 19 points, Thomas added six more, and Chelsea Korell drained a three-pointer off the bench as the hosts outscored Oakmont 18-8 in the second stanza.
“We knew we had to take them seriously, but for a while it didn’t seem like we were,” Thomas said. “Luckily we came back (in the second quarter).”
Nicole Scott and Chelsea Haverty scored six points each off the bench. Amy Pistone chipped in four points.
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