Tigers dial long distance to down Bergan girls
by Nathan Arneal
The North Bend girls had to go deep to salvage Saturday’s game against Bergan.
The homestanding Knights led 10-7 when NBC’s Taylor Walla connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game. Shortly thereafter, Mallory Hull hit her second 3-pointer of the contest to give NBC its first lead of the game on the first possession of the second period.
Hull’s triple started a 13-0 Tiger run. North Bend made all four of its 3-point attempts in the first half, with Hull going 3-for-3.
NBC coach Aaron Sterup said defense and 3-point shooting helped NBC bounce back from a sluggish first quarter. During the second period Bergan managed only three shot attempts, and the Knight’s only points of the quarter came on a buzzer-beating shot.
“It took us a while to match (Bergan’s) intensity,” Sterup said. “It took us probably till the second quarter for us to realize we needed to pick it up. In the second quarter we had them scoreless until the 3 at the buzzer, so I was really happy with that.”
Walla hit two more 3-pointers early in the third quarter to help North Bend to a 31-17 lead. Walla and Hull hit three 3-pointer’s each, with Alyssa Brabec adding another one. In all, NBC made seven 3-pointers [7/10] and just eight 2-point shots.
“We couldn’t hit free throws and we couldn’t make any 2-point shots, so those (3-pointers) were big for us,” Sterup said. “Without those it’s a dogfight and that’s not where we wanted to be. Those were big and came at a good time since we weren’t scoring from any other spot on the court tonight.”
Hull led NBC in scoring with 13 points as the Tigers came away with a 48-32 win. Amy Baumert was right behind with 10 points, eight of which came in the second half.
The victory put NBC at 10-2 on the season heading into a game with Scribner-Snyder Tuesday. Both the Tiger boys and girls will host Oakland-Craig Saturday.
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