Dynamic duo lifts Bruins to PVL win
Patrick Scott and Garrett Barbic proved to be too tough of a one-two punch for Mesa Verde to deal with Tuesday night, as Bear River’s varsity boys basketball team picked up a 76-53 win over the Mavericks in Pioneer Valley League play.
Scott scored 22 of game-high 27 points in the first half, before being sidelined by foul trouble for much of the action in the second stanza.
Barbic, who had just two points at halftime, stepped up his own scoring by netting 21 of his 23 points after the break.
“He picked up where Scott left off,” said Bear River co-head coach Jeff Bickmore. “It was kind of a tale of two halves. Patrick dominated the first half and Garrett dominated the second.”
Barbic hit five 3-pointers in the second half, which also saw Garrett Smith drain a pair of treys in the fourth quarter, as the Bruins (18-7 overall) looked to build on their No. 3 ranking in the section power ratings.
Bear River is back in action Thursday, hosting Whitney.
JV: Mesa Verde 57, Bear River 42
Chris Ross led the Bruins with 13 points, but it wasn’t enough to carry Bear River’s junior varsity to a win over the Mavericks, who scored the 57-42 victory Tuesday.
Frosh: Mesa Verde 58, Bear River 55
Zach Welz hit four 3-pointers en route to a 21-point night for the Bruins, who fell to the Mavericks in the end, 58-55.
Forest Lake Christian 76, Woodland Christian 43
Forest Lake’s varsity boys opened their Central Valley Christian League tournament run in fine fashion Tuesday, downing visiting Woodland Christian 76-43 to advance to Thursday’s second round.
Josh Ritchart and Ben Sparling each scored 13 points to lead the Falcons, while Austin Maynard added 12 more.
“What we were looking to get out of this game was I wanted to work on our man-to-man defense and our fighting through screens,” said FLC coach David Thomas, whose Falcons easily handled Woodland Christian in the previous two CVCL matchups this season. “I didn’t want anything fancy. I just wanted execution.”
The Falcons advance to Thursday’s second round against Sacramento Waldorf. The game will be tipped off at 7:30 p.m.
“From here on out in the rest of the season – whatever that may be – there’s not going to be anymore gimme games,” Thomas said.
Forest Lake Christian 70, Woodland Christian 30
Taking a 21-4 lead after one quarter of play, Forest Lake Christian’s varsity girls had no trouble eliminating Woodland Christian from the CVCL tourney Tuesday.
“We came out on fire and played extremely good defense,” said FLC coach Ken Holt. “We played man defense and put a lot of pressure on the them.
“We didn’t want to play down to the level of the opponent, because we’ve got a lot of tough competition coming up with the playoffs and everything.”
Katie Fletcher and Kayla Campora combined for 50 points in the win for the Falcons.
Fletcher, who leads the Sac-Joaquin Section in 3-pointers made, fired home five 3-pointers on her way 24 points. She also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Campora totaled 26 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Lindsey Engbrecht added eight points, while Helen Jordan and Morghan Pomeroy each grabbed seven rebounds.
The Falcons (14-8 overall) will likely face Victory Christian in Thursday’s second round game at Sacramento Waldorf, Holt said.
Nevada Union 66, Oakmont 27
Pitching a first-quarter shutout, Nevada Union’s Lady Miners took control early in Tuesday’s 66-27 Sierra Foothill League victory over visiting Oakmont.
“Defensively, we just played great and the other team struggled,” said NU coach John McDaniel. “It’s a great win going into our final game hoping to solidify a home playoff game.”
The Lady Miners were powered by a balanced scoring attack. Shanna Stefani scored 13 points to lead NU, while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing off three assists. Cassie Davidson had 12 points, four assists and four rebounds, while Caroline Reeves had eight points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Becca Devere scored 11 points and ran down six rebounds, but also led the team with eight steals on the defensive end of the floor. Christian Woodruff added nine points to the NU cause.
The Miners host Roseville on Senior Night Thursday.
JV: Oakmont 48, Nevada Union 34
Dropping to 7-4 in the SFL, NU’s junior varsity team struggled in a 48-34 loss to Oakmont Tuesday.
“It’s a rough loss,” said NU coach Rich Simpton. “We didn’t play real well. (Oakmont) just crashed the boards and played physical and we didn’t box out well.”
Angela Hacche led NU with 13 points on three 3-pointers, while Jordan Milhous scored nine points and Jennie Carroll added eight.
Frosh: Oakmont 46, Nevada Union 35
Keely Haussler had 10 points, including three 3-pointers, and Victoria Rohrs had nine points, but Nevada Union’s freshman girls fell to Oakmont 46-35 Tuesday.
Tarney Haussler added six points and some tight defensive play, said NU coach Rexanne Simpton.
“We played pretty well,” Simpton said. “We lost by over 20 the last time. They’re the first place team, undefeated.
“We had some different people step up and score and play some big minutes (Tuesday).”
NU slipped to 6-5 in the SFL with the loss.
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