Winning in an ugly way |

Winning in an ugly way

Eileen JoyceBear River's Briana Thomas corrals a loose ball in Thursday's game. Thomas also scored 11 points.
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All Duwaine Ganskie could do after the Bear River girls basketball team’s 34-20 homecourt win over Del Oro of Loomis was shrug his shoulders.

The Lady Bruin (17-7 overall, 9-1 Sierra Foothill League) head coach saw his squad tally 19 turnovers in a season-low point total.

“When you score a season-low and still win by 14 points, what can you say? It was ugly, but a win is a win,” he said. “It’s our ninth league win, we’re not going to throw it back. But we’ve got to aspire to a higher level on offense.”

The win, their fifth straight in league play, brings first place Bear River one step closer to its first SFL title since 1999.

Bear River’s offense, which was held to three single-digit quarters, sparkled at times.

The hosts took a 3-0 lead to the start the game, but turned the ball over six times and could manage only one field goal in the next 10 minutes.

“It was frustrating because we have so many scorers on this team,” said junior wing Meaghan Noud, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds. “A win is still a win, but we’ve got to put this behind us and get ready for next week.”

Del Oro (12-11 overall, 4-6 SFL) took a four-point lead into the second quarter, but Bear River’s defense had an answer.

It held the visitors to a deuce in the second stanza, and nine more points in the game. Del Oro’s 6-foot, 3-inch Division I bound center Megan Griffith, who entered the game scoring 16.3 points per game, was held scoreless in the final three quarters and finished with two points.

“The good news is our defense is incredible,” Ganskie said. “To hold Megan Griffith to two points (speaks for it self).”

Bear River’s Briana Thomas, who along with Nicole Scott and Cassie Smith, put the cuffs on Griffith, put the team on her back in the second half.

She scored six of Bear River’s eight third-quarter points on her way to a team-high 11 points. Thomas, a senior, also led the team with 10 rebounds.

“She has the tendency to rush things a little to much in the first half. But she consistently gets better in the third quarter,” Ganskie said

Emily Collins scored four points off the bench.

Smith, who had team-high four steals, finished with five rebounds, three points and two assists. Scott and Amy Pistone scored three points each.

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