Smith’s 14 points paces Bear River |

Smith’s 14 points paces Bear River

ANTELOPE – The Bear River Bruin girls basketball team met the Modesto Christian Crusaders on neutral ground Saturday at the Sacramento Challenge, a series of four inter-league games hosted by Center High School in Antelope, with the hopes for a quality tune up before the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Mission accomplished.

Bear River got a team-high 14 points from Kayla Smith in a 57-46 win over the Division V power.

It became evident within the opening minutes of the game that it would be no contest for the Bruins. The cohesiveness was absent for the Crusaders, who shot 33 percent, as opposed to Bear River, which shot 43 percent.

Chelsea Haverty scored 13 points and Julie Fry chipped in eight for the Bruins. Allison Cooley was right behind with seven points.

Although the margin of victory was not gigantic, it felt like it should have been.

The Bruins dominated the Crusaders from whistle to whistle.

Except Modesto Christian’s Ashley Chambers, who scored a game-high 20 points, Bear River was able to shut it down on defense at will.

Bear River was able to hold Katie Lemburg and Tracy Cole, two girls who both have scoring averages of over 15 points, to 10 points each.

“They’re used to scoring. Our defense really held them,” Bear River coach Duwaine Ganskie said. “The defense was the key.”

Bear River gets back into Pioneer Valley League play when Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) comes to town 7:30 p.m. Wednedsday.

FLC drops non-league game

The Sacramento Challenge did not bring with it a victory for the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team as it had for Bear River on Saturday. The Falcons lost 65-52 while battling it out with their non-league opponent McClatchy.

After a close first half for Forest Lake, which had the Falcons winning 25-22, the Lions of McClatchy came out with a roar, scoring 22 third-quarter points to Forest Lake’s 10. After that, it was just a matter of matching baskets with FLC for McClatchy, which it did with a few to spare.

Brooke Hodges kept the game close for the Falcons with four of her five three-pointers in the fourth quarter, while the rest of her team totaled only five.For the game, Hodges totaled 20 points.

Other noteworthy scorers for FLC were Brittany Allen, who scored 11 points, and Julia Hall and Olympia Jacobs, who both had six.

The fact that Forest Lake was missing two key players-Lauren Jackson, who is out for the majority of the season with a knee injury, and Caitlyn Kramer, who was was sick for Saturday’s game-made matters worse. In a game that was dominated by a lack of height, Jackson’s and Kramer’s size and strength down low would have aided the Falcons considerably.

“We had no depth,” said Falcon coach Steve Kellar. “We just didn’t play our best game, and we didn’t play with a full team.”

Forest Lake should have at least one of Saturday’s absent girls back Tuesday, when Kramer is expected to put on the blue and white again when they go on the road take battle Faith Christian at 7:30 p.m.

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