Some teams have little depth because of a drop-off in talent. The Sierra girls basketball team has no depth – not because of a drop-off in talent, but because the Timberwolves only have eight players.
And on Tuesday night host Sierra ran into a full Bear Creek squad that kept up the attack into the fourth quarter and went home with a 64-29 non-league win.
One bright spot for the Timberwolves (0-2) was Alison Edwards. The fourth-year starter was 5 of 7 from the 3-point line and at one time had 17 of her team’s 18 points. She led all scorers with 22 points and also had four rebounds, three steals and an assist.
“She (Edwards) is a four-year varsity starter,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “She had a great game, but honestly we expect that from her every night.
“She is a decent player and she has the experience and that is what she is capable of. We just need other players to step up and put up some points, too.”
The Bruins (1-1) were relentless with their trapping defense, running a full-court press for the first half and a trapping half-court press into the fourth period, making 25 steals and forcing 35 turnovers.
“We’re working hard and we are getting better,” Bear Creek coach Anthony Matthews said. “Each game there is a little more improvement. The girls have a really good attitude.
“They battle, and that’s all you can ask for. We will just take it one game at a time.”
The Bruins boasted three players in double figures: Cassidy Byrne (16 points), Deyliana Lewis (14) and Sarah Ruiz (12).
Ameerah Othman had seven rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Bear Creek 38, Sierra 32
The Bruins went on a 7-1 run to pull away in the closing minutes.
Dulce Cruz and Natalie Dias had nine points apiece for the Timberwolves.
Sierra 44, Bear Creek 10
The Timberwolves held the Bruins to one point in the second and third quarters combined.
Dominique White had 14 points for Sierra – six in the third quarter – and teammate Chaundra Nestor had all seven of her points in the first quarter.
Sierra 26, Edison 20
TRACY — Led by all-tournament selection White, the Timberwolves won the consolation championship at Swenson Gym.
White had 15 points followed by Madison Willox with six.