Bear River completes sweep of Lincoln girls

By: By Joshua Gutierrez / Special to the Journal
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LINCOLN — With a 69-45 win Tuesday night on the road, the Bear River varsity girls basketball team completed a season sweep over Lincoln and improved to 6-1 in Pioneer Valley League play. 
The Bruins were zeroed in from beyond the arc, nailing 10 3-pointers through the course of the game.
Bear River seemed to trade off shooters, as Sarah Hagar, Savannah Welz and Cindy Solomon accounted for all successful shots.
Hagar started the night off, draining two treys as Bear River jumped ahead 19-6 by the end of the period. The senior guard ended the night with a team-leading 16 points.
From there, Solomon grabbed the reins, shooting 3 of 3 from the perimeter in the second period. Solomon drained another three late in the final period and ended the night with 12 points.
After taking a comfortable 41-18 lead into the locker room, Welz ended any notion of a Lincoln comeback, scoring 12 points in the third period.
In a five minute span, Welz went 4 of 4 from the floor, which included a pair of threes. A missed field goal ended her perfect period, but the senior rebounded with a pair of late assists to Michelle Taylor and Hagar.
Welz led the team in assists, with three, and scored 15 points.
Though Kaitlyn Reina did not connect on her only 3-point attempt, the junior forward shot 5 of 8 to end the game and collected 10 points. 
“We shot the ball extremely well tonight,” said Bear River head coach Jeff Bickmore. “That’s probably the best we shot all year.”
Even with the impressive shooting performance, Bickmore focused on what he deemed, “one of our worst defensive games.”
With Colfax (16-8, 6-1) coming to town on Thursday, the head coach stressed the importance of limiting fouls and penetration inside.
Colfax handed the Bruins their only PVL defeat, as well as their second loss of the season, with a 50-41 home win.