PREP ROUNDUP: Bear River girls, boys roar to Ganskie Invitational titles
For three straight days at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium, Bear River showed off its basketball ability as both the boys and girls varsity teams dominated the competition and earned Ganskie Invitational Championships.
The Lady Bruins (7-3) grabbed their first Ganskie Invitational title after knocking off Golden Sierra, 67-41, in an early afternoon game Saturday.
Bear River led 16-12 after one quarter, and created some separation with a big second quarter to take a 39-20 advantage into halftime. The Lady Bruins continued to pour it on and led 57-31 after three quarters.
“Again, we played great team defense,” Bear River head coach Randy Billingsley said. “We are starting to create an identity for ourselves on the defensive side of the court.”
Leading the Lady Bruins throughout the tourney was Mallory Rath. The senior post player scored 11 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and grabbed three steals in the win over Golden Sierra. Rath averaged 14.3 points, 18 rebounds and five steals in the tourney and was named the Ganskie Invitational MVP.
Katelyn Meylor, a senior guard, added 15 points and grabbed eight steals in the win over Golden Sierra. Meylor earned All-Tourney honors for her efforts across all three games.
Bear River’s Kylee Dresbach-Hill chipped in 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Kayla Toft added nine points in Saturday’s win.
After a six-point win over Forest Lake Christian in the opening round, the Lady Bruins impressed with a 34-point win over Western Sierra and a 26-point margin in the win over Golden Sierra.
The Bruin boys made it a clean sweep with their 46-38 victory over Golden Sierra Saturday.
Bear River (5-4) jumped out to an 18-10 lead after one, and extended it to 26-15 by halftime. Golden Sierra pulled within seven at the end of the third quarter, but the Bruins held off any late comeback attempts.
Leading Bear River was sophomore point guard Brekyn Vasquez with 16 points. Vasquez averaged 13 points per game across the tourney and was named the Ganskie Invitational MVP.
Bear River’s Garrett Pratt tallied nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. The junior post player also earned All-Tourney honors.
The eight-point victory over Golden Sierra was the closest game the Bruins had in the tourney after topping Forest Lake Christian by 23 and Western Sierra by 19.
It was the first Ganskie Invitational Championship for the Bear River boys after going 2-1 in the inaugural event last year.
Placer 44, Nevada Union 41
The Lady Miners fell just short of a Chavez Classic title, losing to Placer in the tourney’s championship game Saturday.
Nevada Union got 15 points from Meadow Aragon and 12 points from Greta Kramer, but the rest of team struggled to score and Placer did just enough to pull out the victory.
Kramer, a senior post player, earned all-tourney honors.
The Lady Miners (5-3) return home for a bout against Lodi at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Nevada Union 7, Rio Linda 0
The Lady Miners grabbed their fourth win of the season with a dominant effort against Rio Linda Friday at Hooper Stadium.
Nevada Union tallied seven goals from six different players. Leading the way was Monica Kittle with two goals. Kaliegh Bedell, Emilia Meloncon, Zoe Ewing, Ivy Brott and Eva Zlimen all added a goal as well.
Pitching a shutout was keeper Julia Mau.
Next up for the Lady Miners (4-3-1) is a 6 p.m. Wednesday home match against Lincoln.
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