BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Jessica Tanner – Feb. 7, 2020
After a big loss to Ridgeline this week, the Bear River girls’ basketball team found their stride and ended the week with an exciting win against Mountain Crest.
At Ridgeline High on Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Bears fell behind quickly. Headed into the locker rooms they were down 34-17. The third quarter was not much better as the Bears sported only half of the points that Ridgeline had, 52-26. The Bears eventually fell 66-44.
“We came out a little shy,” said Coach Tyrell Neal. “They passed over us, we were not moving and were not quite as aggressive as I hoped to be coming out of the locker room.”
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Bears hosted Mountain Crest and jumped out to an early lead, 13-8. The Mustangs proved they were not going to go down easy as they took the lead at halftime, 20-18.
The Bears came out in the third quarter on fire, scoring seven unanswered points. They regained the lead once again, but the Mustangs were the ones who ended up on top as the quarter came to a close 32-31.
The fourth quarter continued to be a nail biter, but the Bears battled and eventually pulled off the 47-43 win.
“We always play better in the second half,” said Neal. “At halftime we put things into perspective and talked about how we were not attacking the basket anymore. We did struggle getting to the basket in the second quarter, but the girls wanted to win and protect their home court.”
Leading the way in scoring was Olivia Taylor with 13 points on the night. Mckenzie Bywater was close behind with 12 points, while Ashley Roberts added nine.
The Lady Bears, who have an 8-12 record, will finish off Region 11 play next week. They host Logan on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. and then travel to Green Canyon on Thursday, Feb. 13.
“They are going to be fast paced games,” added Neal. “It is going to take a full game of playing, a lot like tonight without the dip in the second quarter, for us to be in the ball game and get the win.”
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