By Josh Bronson
Wescom News Service
BROOKINGS In a low-scoring, defensive battle, the Del Norte High School girls' basketball team only managed to put up 24 points on the night as they fell to the Brookings-Harbor Bruins 27-24 on Thursday.
Both teams used a tenacious defense to limit their opponents in quality shot attempts.
The Warriors' Michelle Stacey got a bucket, foul and a free throw to tie the game at 6-6 for the Warriors late in the first quarter.
But the Bruins came back and recaptured the lead as Kara Miller drained a 3-pointer to put the Bruins up 9-6 heading into the second stanza.
In the second quarter, the Warriors had trouble breaking the full-court press of the Bruins and didn't score until Natasha Short put back an offensive rebound with just 1:30 left in the half.
Although the Warriors trailed by 11 with about a minute left to play, a pair of free throws by Lisa Daniels and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Baille McCulloch cut the lead to six, 19-13, at the half.
The Warriors found a hole in the Bruin defense early in the third and buckets by Robyn Suzuki and McCulloch pulled the Warriors within two, 19-17.
The Bruins came back and extended their lead to eight points, but McCulloch once again nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to keep the game close at the break.
In the fourth quarter, neither team was getting good looks at the basket and Suzuki had the only points of the quarter for either teama long jumper with about three minutes to play.
With a 27-24 lead, the Bruins did a good job moving the ball around the perimeter and eating up the clock until time expired.
McCulloch led the Warriors with eight points while Stacey chipped in five and Suzuki added four.
Miller led the Bruins with a game-high 11 points.
With the loss, the Warriors dropped to 5-6 on the year while the Bruins improved to 6-7 overall.
In the JV game, the Warriors used a 17-point performance from Heather Thomas to lift themselves over the JV Bruins in a 46-41 win.
Lexie Nelson also scored in double figures for the Warriors with 12 points.
"It was an aggressive game," said JV coach Andrew Fitch. "We knew it would be. They (Bruins) tried to come back in the end, but we didn't let them."