Lady Bruins bear down to beat Zebras on senior night
Senior Night didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts at McCrory Gymnasium Wednesday night, but once Bear River’s Lady Bruins got things going they made sure their senior trio was in a celebratory mood at game’s end.
Bear River bounced back from a 13-9 first-quarter deficit to beat visiting Lincoln 48-39 in Pioneer Valley League basketball.
“It just felt like we weren’t very focused and ready for the game,” said Bruin senior guard Whitney Smith, who was one of four Lady Bruins to finish with 10 points on the night. “It was just a slow start.”
The Bruins (18-5 overall, 5-2 PVL) turned up the heat on the defensive end early in the second quarter and within 2 1/2 minutes had taken a 14-13 advantage. By the end of the half, Bear River led 24-18. And by the four minute mark of the third quarter, the Lady Bruins held a commanding 32-20 margin.
But then came another lapse.
The Zebras (8-16, 1-8 PVL) fought back to cut the lead to 36-30 by the end of the third quarter and to 36-34 at the 5:50 mark of the fourth.
“I think I told them Senior Night was over,” said Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore. “I wanted them to make sure we kept a body on them and to hold them to one shot. I told them (Lincoln) was tired and we really wanted to pick up the pressure in the backcourt.
“Anytime we got into them full-court, we were getting steals and layups. We didn’t look great in the half court, but most of our scoring came from getting steals and a basket.”
The Lady Bruins answered the call by running off eight points before the Zebras could respond. Sophomore Jen Meylor scored six of her 10 points in a 90-second stretch, including a 3-pointer, to push Bear River back ahead 42-34. Junior Lindsey Harter hit both ends of a two-shot foul and seniors Riley Pearson and Smith each scored in the paint to close things out at 48-39.
Along with Meylor and Smith, Harter and Pearson each scored 10 points. Junior Kelsey Uno scored six points and senior Emily Guerra added two.
“It was a real physical game,” Bickmore said. “There were not a lot of calls and our girls were getting a little frustrated. But they had to play through it and they did.”
Bear River, which was rated third in this week’s Division IV section power ratings, won its third straight game and fifth out of its last six matchups.
The Lady Bruins hit the road Friday, traveling to Mesa Verde (1-22, 0-8), followed by the final regular season home game against Whitney (15-9, 4-5) on Wednesday and road trip to league-leading El Dorado (20-1, 9-0) on Feb. 19.
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