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Bruins, Falcons shoots for PVL title

Players' bond on court translates to wins
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Lindsey Harter and Kelsey Uno already know what the bright lights of Arco Arena feel like at division championships. As ball girls for their sisters Rachel Harter and Chandre Uno during their reign on the Bear River girls basketball team, the dynamic duo decided that one day it would be them leading the Bruins to a Division IV championship. Now, six years later, seniors Harter and Uno are headed toward their next hurdle in reaching Arco: the Colfax High Falcons. The Bruins, who are 7-1 in league and 21-4 overall, need to beat Colfax (8-0 in league and 20-5 overall) tonight to tie them as Pioneer Valley League Champions. Harter said that seeing her sister’s team win back-to-back titles was an inspiration to her growing up. “We would always sit on the bench behind them and say ‘That is going to be us one day,’” Harter said. “Seeing them at Arco was really cool and did push us to want to accomplish that.” Harter also said playing with Uno for so many years has caused them to develop a special bond on the court, which often translates into wins. “We can tell what each other is thinking at any time,” Harter said. “We are always paying attention to where the other one is at on the court.” Bear River Coach Jeff Bickmore has been coaching the girls since they started playing together in middle school. He said that they each bring different strengths to the team, but synergize well with one another. “(Uno) is a great shooter. (Harter) will try to find her open because once she gets started on the 3-pointers she can make them from anywhere,” Bickmore said. While Uno is notorious for 3-pointers, Harter leads the Bruins in points per game, with 13.9. Bear River also proves that they are small, but mighty. Their tallest girl is only 5-foot-9. I think we played pretty well this year and really proved ourselves. Most people may look at us and ask how we stand a chance,” Bickmore said. “Because we have such a little team we are really unexpected.” Bickmore said despite his team’s size, their athleticism and work ethic make them a contender to share the Pioneer Valley League title. Sophomore Sarah Hagar averages 9.5 rebounds per game, even though she is only 5-foot-5. Uno also agreed they often take opposing teams by surprise with their quick points and steals in transition. As they get closer to championships, Uno also looks to her big sister Chandre Uno for tips. “Both of our sisters have been coming to quite a few games,” Uno said. “My sisters always gives me a word of advice.” She will need to heed that advice going into their match-up against Colfax. When they met at the start of the season Colfax beat Bear River 41-36. Uno said the Bruins sloppy ball handling caused their loss, but winning tonight would be redemption. Colfax Coach Dave Campbell wants the win for his team just as bad. Colfax senior Michelle Walker may be part of that equation. She leads Colfax in points, rebounds, steal and blocks. Walker averages 14.2 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. Colfax senior April Littlejohn leads in assists with 2.3 per game. Despite their perfect record in league, Campbell does foresee some potential obstacles. “Both teams are evenly matched. It will come down to who makes the least errors,” Campbell said. “Playing at their home court is always a challenge because they shoot better there.” Harter is hoping that will be the case. “We lost the first time, but we are really determined to win,” Harter said. “It’s going to be an intense game for sure, but fun.” With another win under their belts, Harter and Uno, would be one step closer to proving it’s all in the family. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com ______________________________________________________ Up Close with Lindsey Harter School: Bear River Grade: Senior Notable Achievements: All-league Player 2009-2010, Leading scorer for Bear River- averages 13.9 points per game. Also leads in assists for the Bruins, averaging 2.2 per game. Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids Pre-game tunes: cranks her ipod and puts in on shuffle Sport I’d like to try: Surf Person I’d like to meet: LeBron James Future Plans: Play basketball at the college-level, Vanguard and Concordia. Biology pre-med