PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River girls come up short against Lincoln |

PREP BASKETBALL: Bear River girls come up short against Lincoln

Bear River's Kaely Rath goes up for two during a game Lincoln earlier this season.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

Battling until the end, the Bear River Lady Bruins basketball team pulled out all the stops Wednesday, Senior Night, but couldn’t squeak out a victory, falling to Lincoln 47-41.

Before the game, Bear River honored graduating seniors Kaely Rath, Kaitlyn Solomon and Savannah Wirth, who all walked out to center court at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium one last time.

“Well it was a tough one,” said Bruins head coach Jeff Bickmore, whose team is still holding on to third place in the Pioneer Valley League standings.

Rath spun down low, elevated, and popped in a bucket off the glass to tie the game 41-41 with less than two minutes to play, but Lincoln iced it with clutch free throws.

Bear River led 15-8 early in the second quarter and jumped out to a 28-17 advantage early in the third after opening the second half on a 7-0 run, but each run was short-lived as the Fighting Zebras proved resilient.

For the Bruins, Rath led the charge offensively, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds and swatted four blocks on defense.

“It was really sad it was my last game, especially since that’s the way it ended,” said Rath. “But it’s been a fun season, a fun high school career.”

Lady Bruins Junior Alyssa Pulkingham followed Rath with 11 points. Both Ashlee Albee and Katelyn Meylor each chipped in six points, with Meylor draining two from beyond the arc and also dominating the paint to haul in a game-best 14 rebounds. Solomon added four points.

Bear River shot 4-of-18 from 3-point land and 12-of-31 from the floor, while Lincoln was 15-of-49.

Bear River (15-9, 4-4 PVL) wraps up its regular season with a pair of road games, the first coming Friday at rival Colfax.

Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.

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