Lady Bruins erupt in 4th, beat Harrison, 61-43

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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Gardiner’s Alexis McDonald dribbles around a screen in a game against Lone Peak earlier this season. 

The Gardiner Lady Bruins struggled out of the gate but finished strong to beat the Harrison Wildcats on Saturday at Gardiner High School. 

The Lady Bruins beat the Wildcats 61-43. 

Gardiner — with senior leader Kyndra Long out with an injury — struggled with consistency, but played well enough in the second and fourth quarters to hold off the Wildcats. 

Gardiner scored just seven points in the first quarter putting them in a two-point whole early, 9-7. 

Head coach Schalene Darr said the Bruins get to see the best of their opponents, which causes some problems, but she welcomes the challenge. 

“We started out slow, couldn’t find a groove,” Darr said in a message. “Everyone shows up to play us, which is good.”

The Lady Bruins found that groove in the second, scoring 17 points to build a 24-18 lead at halftime. Alexis McDonald scored six points in the quarter while Chase Cunningham added four. 

Gardiner let Harrison hang around in the third, but still took a five-point, 35-30, lead into the fourth thanks to 3-pointers from McDonald, Leah Veress and Sophia Darr. 

The Lady Bruins flipped the switch in the fourth. Gardiner scored 26 points in the quarter led by Sophia Darr with 14 points. Josie Thomas connected on two 3-pointers in the quarter. 

Coach Darr said defense was the driving factor for the big offensive quarter. 

“Found a grove with some full-court man (to man) to let our defense key our offense,” she said. 

Sophia Darr finished with 20 points and Thomas and McDonald each added 12 while Veress tallied 11 points. 


Up next

The Lady Bruins play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at home against Whitehall.