Bruins nail down home win
Duwaine Ganskie’s recipe for success on the basketball court this season has been simple: Handcuff your opponent with stingy defense and get scoring from up and down the bench.
The Bear River girls basketball coach saw his squad turn in another prime performance in its it 63-40 home-court win over Rocklin Thursday.
The Bruins (19-7 overall, 11-1 Sierra Foothill League), who went into the game tied with the Lady Thunder (20-7, 10-2) for the league’s top spot, have their first league title since 1999 in sight.
The Lady Bruins need to win one of their two remaining games to clinch a share of the championship. They can win the whole thing with two wins.
“We got a great team effort tonight,” Ganskie said. “We got balanced scoring, and our defense played outstanding. There were a few games earlier in the season when I thought we played great defense. Now we’re playing great defense every game.”
Bear River’s Cassie Smith drew the assignment of covering Rocklin’s top outside-scoring threat, Jennifer Eaton.
Eaton, who along with post Kim Chesier combined for 31 of Rocklin’s 54 points in a four-point win over the Lady Bruins last month, was held to two points.
“Cassie Smith has to be all-league. Even if she doesn’t score a point, she consistently shuts down the other team’s top scorer,” Ganskie said. “She does that night in, night out.”
Bear River took a seven-point lead into the half, but Rocklin cut the lead to six with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third quarter.
Meaghan Noud sparked a Lady Bruin run with a pair of converted free throws. Chelsea Haverty scored in transition and Maya Bryant drained a tree-pointer from the left wing as the hosts went up by 13 points.
Noud finished with a game-high 15 points, five assists and eight rebounds. Briana Thomas chipped in 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Nicole Scott came off the bench to score 12.
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