Rath, Bear River girls roll past host Foothill, 65-48

By: Garrett Johnston / Special to the Journal
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In opening league action, the Bear River Lady Bruins took care of business on the road Wednesday night beating the host Foothill Mustangs 65-48 to improve their already impressive overall record to 16-1.
The Lady Bruins, with a resilient inside game and subsequently strong 3-point performance, controlled the lead from early on.
Their 8-0 run, upon Foothill’s first basket, set the tone for a night that produced hustle, tenacity, and resilience from the Lady Bruins.
Teryn Rath led Bear River in scoring for the first time this season with 20 points and eight rebounds. The scoring performance was a personal best for the junior, whose penchant for keeping possessions alive and hard-working post presence set the tone for the Lady Bruins’s victory.
“I was proud of Teryn tonight,” Bear River’s head coach Jeff Bickmore said. “She always gives it everything she has. It’s never a question of effort with her.”
The Lady Bruins also reflected that effort in their overall offense and shooting. 
The offensive attack consisted of a combined post output of 28 points and 17 rebounds between Rath and Kaitlyn Reina. Reina also added five steals.
Senior Savannah Welz was 5 of 10 from the 3-point line.
“Bear River’s a tough opponent,” Foothill head coach Meshal McCauley Washington said. “They moved the ball very well. We were impressed with their play.
“They’re a highly-ranked squad, a great team, and we fought hard.” 
The Mustangs fell to 6-8 overall with the loss, but they did indeed fight hard through Bear River’s offensive fluid runs.
The Lady Bruins led 17-8 after the first. A quick 5-0 run to start the second showed some of Foothill’s fight but it was short-lived. Bear River took a 34-21 lead into the half. 
Balanced scoring and consistent, unselfish ball movement helped the Lady Bruins maintain their double-digit lead through the third stanza at 49-38.
The Lady Bruins closed strong in the fourth, outscoring the Mustangs 16-9 in sealing the road win.
“I’m just happy to get a win,” Bickmore said. “Any win in league is good.”
Looking ahead on the schedule, the Lady Bruins will play host to Lincoln on Friday and head to what Bickmore pegs as a tough week’s schedule next week on the road at both Colfax and Placer.