Lady Bruins still streaking |

Lady Bruins still streaking

Eileen JoyceBear River's Meaghan Noud (left) fights for a loose ball with Lincoln's Natoshka Susoeff Thursday night.
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Fourth-place Lincoln (12-11 overall, 3-4 Pioneer Valley League) was simply no match for the powerful first-place Bear River Lady Bruins Thursday, who improved to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in the PVL with a 66-29 victory at home.

“It was a physical game. I think that Lincoln was trying to frustrate us by being physical and that was good,” said Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie. “It was a good challenge for us to work through that. I think it got our kids’ competitive juices flowing again. We came out and had a much better fourth quarter.”

Bear River’s experience was evident in their patience in the paint and under the boards on both offense and defense. The Lady Bruins out-rebounded the Lady Zebras 36-22 in total rebounds.

“It’s been our goal all year to take better shots and to relax and be patient and let the shots come. Take your time and let the offense create our own opportunities,” said PVL-leading scorer Meaghan Noud who finished as the top scorer of the night with 19 points.

Senior Nicole Scott, who is second in the league in rebounds, was second in scoring with 11, while Cassie Smith had nine points, before leaving the game with a mild ankle injury.

Lady Zebras standout guard senior Rocio Ruiz had a team-high 14 points.

Bear River junior Chelsea Haverty had a solid game with seven offensive rebounds and two defensive boards.

The Lady Bruins are in control of the PVL, but Colfax is hot on their trail for the league championship.

“We know that we’re going to be there (in the postseason). But at the same time, we have Colfax coming here in February and that’s a game for sole possession of the league championship,” Ganskie said.

The Bear River junior varsity team beat Lincoln 61-32 while the freshman Lady Bruins topped Lincoln 44-22.

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