No letdown; Bruins breeze to win
Emotional wins have a sneaky way of creating a dangerous trap for a letdown. And after Bear River’s Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championship Saturday, the situation was ripe for such an experience.
However, the Bruins overcame a somewhat slow start to soundly beat the visiting Orland Trojans 64-35 Tuesday night at Jack R. McCrory Gym in the first round of the Northern California Tournament.
“After we won (the section championship), we knew we had more to do and we couldn’t be satisfied,” Bear River sophomore point guard Chandré Uno said. “But I think we were still really excited and that’s why we had such a slow start.”
The slow start lasted for the first four minutes of the first quarter, with senior guard Kristin Landre finally sparking her Bruins to life. Landre forced two turnovers in a row, scoring a bucket of her own in between the steals to pull her team to within 7-5.
Junior standout Lauren Juric got into the act at that point as well, hitting a 3-pointer with three minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the quarter to put Bear River up 8-7 – a lead they never relinquished.
From that point on, the Bruins pounded the Trojans with their athleticism, baiting Orland into tough shots. After taking the lead, Bear River only gave up six more points during the entire first half. The Bruins led 31-13 at halftime.
The third quarter was more of the same with Juric going to work early in the quarter in the low post, with sixth man Kaitlyn Spence connecting on two picture perfect 3-pointers late in the quarter.
Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore pulled Juric for the remainder of the game with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. None of his starters saw the court during the final quarter.
Juric ended with a game-high 17 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks with Landre totaling 11 points, four rebounds and four steals. Uno was in double digits as well with 11 points as Spence added nine.
Orland left the bulk of its starting lineup in the game during the fourth quarter, with the Bear River bench outscoring it 18-13 to extend the win to 29 points.
“The subs did a good job of hitting threes and getting rebounds,” Bickmore said.
“In reality I didn’t think Orland was much better than say Oakmont in our league. I told the girls that we beat them like we should have beat them.”
Bear River advances to the NorCal semi-final game at 7 p.m. Thursday at perennial power Piedmont, a 73-51 against San Francisco Mercy.
Bickmore was hesitant to overlook his game against Orland to do any advance scouting, leaving him little information about his next opponent.
Bear River 64, Orland 35
Orland 9 4 9 13 – 35
Bear River 19 12 15 18 – 64
ORLAND (35): Allison Cochrane 0 0-0 0, Rosio Huizar 4 1-2 9, Shayla Hudson 0 0-0 0, Anna Salinthone 3 0-0 6, Whitney Otterson 3 0-0 6, Donna Long 4 0-0 10, Kimberly Crook 1 0-0 2, Sammi Smith 1 0-1 2. Totals 16 1-3 35.
BEAR RIVER (64): Chandré Uno 4 2-4 11, Shannon Dayton 2 0-0 4, Erin Noud 0 1-2 1, Tanya Copeland 1 2-3 4, Katie Thompson 0 0-0 0, Rachel Welz 2 0-0 5, Kristin Landre 4 1-2 11, Lauren Juric 5 6-8 17, Adrienne Brown 1 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Spence 3 0-0 9, Jocelyn Fry 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-19 64.
Fouled out: none. Total fouls: O 12, BR 4. Technical fouls: none.
To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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