Girls Hoops

Fry buries Falcons, scoring 31

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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LAKE OF THE PINES — Jocelyn Fry’s right hand could do no wrong Wednesday night. While the Bear River High senior was shaking her head in disbelief at her career-high 31 points, Colfax coach Dan Hicks was left tossing up his hands after the Falcons could not come up with an effective defense against Fry’s bombardment. The Bruins (10-5) ran away with a 55-44 victory in the Pioneer Valley League opener. The Falcons stayed close in the first half, but couldn’t keep pace when Fry really caught fire in the second half. The 5-9 senior was 11-for-11 from the free throw line and hit four 3-pointers, including two that banked in. “That always helps when you bank in two 3s,” Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore joked. “ But she shot the ball really well and she made a lot of plays one-on-one too.” Fry’s huge night also included 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks as the Bruins opened PVL play with an inspired effort against their rivals. “In the past I’ve gotten really, really nervous before games and today I was relaxed,” Fry said. “It’s my senior year. I really want to win a league championship and I’m going to do everything I can to get it.” Colfax (9-7) took a second-quarter lead on a 3-pointer by sophomore April Littlejohn. Audrey Lewis hit two free throws to cap a 10-0 run and give the Falcons an 18-12 lead midway through the second, but Bear River got a spark from senior Talore Spencer and capped the first half with a 10-1 run to take the lead for good. Melanie Fry hit a 3-pointer early in the third and twin sister Jocelyn followed with another to give Bear River a 12-point lead. The Falcons fought back behind the play of Lewis, who scored seven of her 10 points in the third. Cassandra Campbell, who led Colfax with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut Bear River’s lead to 45-37 with 1 minute, 37 seconds left, but Jocelyn Fry sealed the win with her perfect free throw shooting. Melanie Fry finished with nine points and Spencer had seven. Whitney Smith had five steals for the Bruins.