ST. GEORGE -- It was a tall order to begin with, but the Bear River Bears showed little resistance against the highly touted Snow Canyon Warriors in the state 3-A girls basketball quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Dixie State College.
The Bears, who probably needed to play a near-perfect game in order to beat Snow Canyon, found themselves down 12 after one quarter and 23 at halftime en route to a 67-38 loss, bouncing them into the consolation bracket.
"I thought we were really timid in the first half," Bear River coach Van Park said. "We were bouncing the ball off our foot and were hesitant on defense, which is where we have to do well because we don't have the scorers like they do. Snow Canyon came right out from the get-go and shot the ball extremely well."
Despite the huge halftime deficit, Bear River finally showed some life in the third quarter and even outscored the Warriors 13-12 in the period. That effort was what Bears' coach Van Park was hoping to see from the outset.
"I was proud of the girls in the second half," Park said. "They battled really hard and started taking it to the basket and getting to the foul line and doing a lot better job. At halftime we told them, 'One game doesn't make a season. We've had a great year and let's just take the snicker off their face and show them that we're going to play basketball in the second half.' "
Snow Canyon juniors Amy Harris and Megan Leavitt score 21 and 19 points, respectively, to lead the Warriors' charge. Jordan Theurer scored 18 points for Bear River, but was the only player even close to double digits.
The Bears hope to forget this one and find some success in the consolations. They will face Region 10 champion Juan Diego this morning at 9:30.