PREP BASKETBALL: Nevada Union girls best Bear River
Special to The Union
Nothing quite arouses the holiday spirit like a crosstown hoops matchup.
The Nevada Union Lady Miners and Bear River Lady Bruins both gave their fans a high intensity show in a non-conference clash Friday night.
The game was close early on, but Nevada Union pulled away down the stretch and knocked off previously undefeated Bear River, 66-36.
“We just picked up our intensity a little bit,” said Miners head coach Jenn Krill, whose squad never trailed. “We started hitting more shots. We just kind of got hesitant against the press, but were able to turn it around and play with more confidence.”
The Lady Miners’ offensive attack was led by sophomore Meadow Aragon, who tossed in a game-high 16 points to go with 26 rebounds. Aragon was impressive down low and had a double-double by halftime.
Nevada Union opened the game on an 11-3 run and held a 28-19 advantage at the break. The Bruins fired in four first half 3-pointers to cut the deficit to as close as 20-19, but the Miners found a second wind and knocked down clutch shots to extend their lead.
“I was proud they hung tough for about two and a half quarters,” sid Bear River head coach Randy Billingsley, who has two juniors starting at guard this season. “I think we got a little bit tired pressing the whole game. That’s going to be our style, we’re up tempo. We’re going to make it exciting. NU is a D-I team. Their record doesn’t indicate it, but they’re a very good basketball team.”
Down the stretch, NU’s consistency paid off as it continued to pass around the press and find quality shots. The Miners opened the third quarter on a 12-4 run to push its lead to 40-23 and only continued to pour it on from there.
“Meadow was unbelievable,” added Krill. She’s been doing this for us every game.”
Following Aragon’s 16 points was Alexa Crabbe with 13, including four makes from beyond the arc, Esme Quintana dropped in nine points and Andrea Beltran contributed eight.
For the Bruins, junior Katelyn Meylor led the way with 12 points, followed by seniors Ashley Albee with seven and Rebecca Van Patten with six.
Bear River (4-1) faces off against Reed at 11 a.m. at Nevada Union’s West Gym in the first leg of a double header Saturday, which will be followed by Nevada Union (2-3) vs. Reed at 12:30 p.m.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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