Winning basketball games requires four quarters of top-notch effort, and while the Bear River girls basketball team has been showing some encouraging signs of improvement, another slow start sent them to their third loss in four region games last week.
Coming off their first win in Region 12 against Mountain Crest the week before, the Bears traveled to Logan on Thursday, Jan. 24, to take on the Grizzlies. Logan jumped out to an 15-2 lead early on, with all of those 15 points coming from star player Amber Kartchner.
Bear River found itself down 31-6 at halftime, and while the Bears outscored the Grizzlies in the second half, the early hole was too deep for them to dig out of and Logan came out on top, 55-32. Kartchner led all scorers with 19 points in the first 16 minutes.
“She’s a very good athlete,” Bear River Head Coach Mike Corbridge said of Kartchner. “We let her get loose in the first quarter, and we were a little shellshocked by how fast things were going.”
McKenzie Lorimer led the Bears with nine points and no turnovers, and Emma Bitner added six points.
“McKenzie played a really good game,” Corbridge said. “We asked her to be on Kartchner, and she did a good job of slowing her down in the last three quarters.”
Corbridge said his team showed a lot of poise and grit in the second half, outscoring Logan 26-24, “but it’s hard to recover from that bad start.”
“We’re a very young team,” he said. “The biggest hurdle for them to get over just nerves and realizing they can play with teams. We need to come out from the beginning and play hard the whole game.”
With the loss, Bear River was 3-8 overall and 1-3 in Region 12 play heading into a home game against Ridgeline on Tuesday, Jan. 29, followed by a road trip to Green Canyon on Thursday, Jan. 31.
“A lot of our players are new to varsity. We’re getting more defenses thrown at us, and it’s kind of new for them to learn these things and grow,” Corbridge said. “Just the experience of playing these games will be big for them.”