Bear River girls beat Argonaut in OT to reach section title game
LODI — For four quarters here Wednesday afternoon in a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal game with Argonaut, Bear River point guard Cindy Solomon was a picture of frustration.
Scoreless and not able to get open much of the game against an aggressive man-to-man defense employed by Argonaut, Solomon was pulled from the game by Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore at one point in the second quarter for a chance to get her emotions contained.
But in overtime, when the Lady Bruins needed her most, Solomon delivered what proved to be the biggest basket of the night.
"I was actually excited that I finally got open and was able to make a basket that helped the team," Solomon said following Bear River's exciting 42-39 overtime win over previously undefeated Argonaut. "Now, we want to carry the emotion of this one over to Sleep Train on Saturday."
Thanks to Solomon's lone hoop of the night — a back-breaking trey from the right wing with 2:15 to play in the extra session that gave Bear River a 41-36 lead — the Bruins will play the winner of Wednesday’s Colfax-Bradshaw Christian game Saturday in Sacramento at Sleep Train Arena at 11:30 a.m. for the Div. IV section championship.
Bear River, now 26-3 on the season, was forced to survive a 10-point second half, which included a four-and-a-half minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
"Cindy was having a rough night but she made the shot we needed," Bickmore said. "It was fitting that a senior was able to come through for us like that."
The Lady Bruins, who led 26-20 at halftime, were forced to look for other avenues of offense after scoring leader Kaitlyn Reina played much of the night in foul trouble. She eventually fouled out with 4:05 left in regulation, scoring only five points.
Helping provide the spark for Bear River were Sarah Hagar, who scored 12 points and added a key late free throw following Solomon's basket, and Savannah Welz, who had three first-half treys on her way to an 11-point night.
In addition, Maddi Dunn also provided a lift off the bench for the Bruins as she chipped in with five points and opened the overtime scoring for Bear River with another important basket.
Argonaut, now 29-1 on the season, was led by Kobie Pettis (15 points) and Morgan Roots (14).
Argonaut 11 9 10 6 3 - 39
Bear River 11 15 6 4 6 - 42