Siuslaw bitten by Bruins

SHS girls: 24  BHHS girls: 53

SHS boys: 47  BHHS boys: 51

Feb. 10, 2018 — Tuesday night was the first of two final home games this week for Siuslaw’s basketball programs, with both teams taking on the Bruins of Brookings-Harbor on Glenn Butler Court.

The second-place Lady Bruins (6-1) started out strong and never looked back, thanks in large part to shooting from senior guard Abby Farmer, who had 18 points to lead all scoring.

While the Lady Viks’ offense wasn’t able to overtake the Lady Bruins, it wasn’t for lack of trying, particularly on the defensive end with double-digit rebounding from freshman Gracie Freudenthal (12), junior Madison Reynolds (11), and 9 boards from junior Alyssa Richards, who also scored 4 points.

Reynolds led scoring with 7 points, followed by Freudenthal with 6 points.

The Lady Bruins’ eventual 53-24 win dropped Siuslaw to 0-7 in league (3-12 overall), heading into last night’s final home game (after press deadlines).

In the boys game, the Vikings got the upper hand in the first quarter, moving ahead 2-0 on a quick bucket from senior John Rollin to start things off, and then the first of four 3-pointers from Jake Hickson for a 5-0 lead.

The Bruins rallied in the second half of the period with their own 3-pointers before scoring from seniors Kyle King and Jared Brandt, along with junior Dylan Wynn, gave Siuslaw a 13-6 lead.

Brookings was able to drain a 3-pointer at the buzzer to stay within 4 points (13-9) to enter the second quarter.

With 6:38 before the half, another 3-pointer from Hickson put the Viks ahead 18-12, only to have the Bruins rally once again from beyond the arc and tie things up at 24-24 by halftime.

The third quarter was essentially a draw, with sophomore guard Caleb Hennessee tying the game at 35-35 with 41 seconds left in the period.

But a 3-pointer from the Bruins gave them the lead, 38-35, to start the fourth period.

A full minute passed in the fourth quarter with no scoring until Hickson sank a long 3-pointer from about three feet beyond the arc to tie the game at 38-38.

The Bruins then went on 7-0 run that included a steal. A pair of freethrows from Hickson put Siuslaw within 5 points, 45-40. Brookings extended its lead with a 3-pointer, which was answered by Hickson to keep the deficit at 5 points with 1:34 remaining on the clock.

King cut the Bruins’ lead to 3 points, but Brookings struck again with 16 seconds left. Hickson managed to score on a baseline drive with 8 seconds remaining, putting Siuslaw within 3 points at 50-47, but the Bruins finished with a freethrow in the final 2 seconds for the win, 51-47.

Hickson led scoring with 21 points, followed by King with 14 points.

Next week, Siuslaw will wrap up the season on the road, beginning Tuesday at North Bend, then Friday at South Umpqua.

Both games begin at 6 p.m. with the girls’ match-up, followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

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