BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Jessica Tanner – Jan. 31, 2020
It was another rough week for the Lady Bears’ basketball team as they added two more losses to their record, 7-11.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Lady Bears hosted Green Canyon. The Bears got down early and were unable to stop the Wolves from shooting beyond the arc. The Bears fell 57-35.
“Our defensive rotation really hurt us on their three pointers. It is difficult to keep up with that when they are spotted up five feet beyond the arc,” said Coach Tyrell Neal. “We had a slow start and that has been our detriment.”
In the first quarter the Bears fell behind 14-8. In the second quarter shots did not fall for Bear River and the Wolves were able to extend their lead 29-14 at half time.
After a talk in the locker room Bear River hoped to turn things around, however, they were unable to match Green Canyon’s play. It took the Bears nearly five minutes to score their first basket in the quarter and were outscored 14-4.
“Green Canyon is a good team but I think we were a bit shy with taking our shot,” said Neal. “I felt like we had a couple openings we could have attacked and shot, and maybe we could have got a few more points.”
The Bears turned things around in the fourth, but would run out of time to make a comeback. They outscored Green Canyon 17-14 to end the night on a high note, but added another loss to their record.
Coach Neal is excited for a fresh start in the second half of region play, saying, “We have experience and have played the teams so we know what to expect. Hopefully we can help calm their nerves and go play hard ball in the first half so we are not playing catch up the whole time. We have to shoot better.”
On Thursday, Jan. 30, Bear River then traveled to Sky View for the second half of region play. Determined to turn things around, the Bears came out ready and took an early lead, 14-8.
Bear River was outscored in the second quarter and headed into the locker room down 24-21. In the third both teams battled, but the Bobcats still maintained the lead 36-32.
Although the Bears battled they were unable to compete with Sky View’s height. They had several great plays and steals, but turnovers would once again be their demise as they fell 58-46.
Up next for the Lady Bears is a matchup against Ridgeline on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The Bears will then host Mountain Crest on Thursday, Feb. 6.
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