Rout in rivalry
Bear River head girls basketball coach Duwaine Ganskie hasn’t been too thrilled with his team’s overall defense lately.
With neighborhood rival Colfax headed into Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium for Thursday’s key Pioneer Valley League showdown, the longtime skipper knew his girls would either have to turn over a new leaf or face the possibility of their first league loss.
The Bruins delivered.
The hosts held Colfax to single digits in each quarter and forced 31 turnovers in a 61-32 rout.
The majority Ganksie’s of kudos went to guards Chrysten Cotney and Chelsea Haverty, along with forward Julie Fry.
“Chrysten Cotney presented problems defensively for (Colfax’s) point guard all night. I also thought Chelsea Haverty and Julie Fry did a good job on (Denise) Sanchez, who is their best scorer,” he said.
“(And as a team) I thought we did a better job of not fouling and sending them to the line. Tonight was an improvement.”
Bear River moved to 15-2 overall and remained alone atop the PVL table at 5-0 in league play.
Colfax dropped to 9-10 and 3-2.
Haverty, who finished nine points, including a 3-pointer, said the lopsided win was made that much sweeter by the opponent.
“Colfax is a big rival of Bear River in every sport, so that always makes it a tough game,” she said. “It also makes it more fun to win.”
Cotney led the hosts with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and a team-high four assists.
Fry finished with eight points and team-bests in steals (six) and rebounds (four).
“Julie has really become a force on our team. She’s a competitor,” Haverty said.
Haverty opened the scoring with a short jumper a minute into the game.
After a Bruin defensive stop, Cotney doubled the lead with a bucket in transition. Haverty struck again on the Bruins next possession to build a 6-0 lead.
The hosts went on to take 14-9 lead after the first quarter. That lead balooned to 32-17 at the half thanks to an 18-point Bruin second quarter.
Bear River’s Kayla Smith scored nine of her 10 total points in the third quarter. Sanchez and Michelle Cassilagio had 10 points each to lead the Falcons. Bear River, which turned the ball over 18 times, finished with seven 3-pointers.
The Bruins will play a Center (Antelope) in a non-league game 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
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