BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Justus Wise, Headliner Sports Editor, January 24, 2022
The Bear River High girls’ basketball team’s season has hit full swing in the last few weeks as they have had four games and have officially begun region play.
The Lady Bears traveled to Roosevelt at the beginning of the month to face off against the Union High Cougars. The Bears absolutely controlled the entire game and ended up coming out on top.
“The girls had a phenomenal game, played well, and earned the win,” said head coach Tyrell Neal. “Union gave us a good battle and helped us continue to prepare for our region play.”
The Bears beat the Cougs 62-52.
The Lady Bears started region play by hosting the Mountain Crest High Mustangs on January 11. Despite the commanding win against Union, Bear River did not begin the game the way they wanted, scoring only 11 points compared to the Mustangs’ 36 in the first half.
“Mountain Crest has a really good team this year and we simply did not play well as a team. We had a better second half, but we were down by double digits going into halftime. Ultimately, we lost sight of our team play and could not keep us with the Mustangs,” Neal said. The ‘Stangs stomped the Bears 63-39.
The next stop for the Lady Bears was against Green Canyon High on January 13. The Bears and Wolves faceoff proved to be a tight battle with the Wolves leading the whole game and narrowly clenching the victory.
“Green Canyon has a very competitive team. We played the inside game very well in the first half. We went into halftime down by nine points. After halftime, we cut the lead to five at one point, but Green Canyon continued to disrupt our play by being physical and hitting their shots. We battled very well with them. We rallied back with some big buckets, but we didn’t have quite enough ‘umph’ to get the win at their place,” Neal said. The Wolves won 55- 46.
On January 18, the Lady Bears hosted Sky View High for a tough 52-35 loss. Following that up, the Bear River High girls’ basketball team traveled to Logan High School on January 20, for a 60-18 win over the Grizzlies.
Despite going 1-3 in Region 11 play, Coach Neal is optimistic about how his team has been playing.
“The girls played with some fire and grit which was so refreshing to see. I was proud of our effort,” he added.
Up next for the Bear River High girls’ basketball team is a trip to Ridgeline High School on Tuesday, January 25.
Photos by John Fronk