Siuslaw falls to Brookings, shares fourth place in FWL

SIUSLAW : 53 BROOKINGS : 70 The Vikings were the first to score in Saturday's basketball game at Glenn Butler Court, with senior Brittany Long snagging a steal for a quick layup. But Brookings-Harbor answered quickly, draining a 3-pointer that would be the first of nine for the Bruins before the final buzzer. With four minutes left in the quarter, Siuslaw senior Destinie Tatum tied things at 8-8 , which would be the closest the Lady Viking would get. Two more 3-pointers in the quarter by the Bruins left Siuslaw trailing by 6 heading into the second quarter, with Brookings extending its lead to 34-22 by the half.
   The Lady Viks got solid scoring and rebounding from sophomore Madison Reynolds and junior Marika White in the third quarter, giving Siuslaw more possessions, but the Lady Bruins' ability to hit 3-pointers negated any momentum Siuslaw was able to build.
   Although freshman Mia Collins added some spark both offensively and defensively off the bench, the Lady Viks still found themselves down by 20 entering the fourth quarter before falling 53-70 .
   It was the first win for the Bruins, and the second loss for Siuslaw, which ties the teams for fourth place in the far West League at 1-2 .
   Tatum led the Vikings with 14 points, along with 8 points each from White and Collins, 7 points from Long, 6 points from senior guard Claire Waggoner, Reynolds had 4 points, senior Nikki Launius had 3 points, sophomore Zoe Leech had 2 points and senior Abby Watkins had 1 point.
   Tatum and Reynolds also had 5 rebounds each.
   Last night, the Lady Viks hosted Douglas (after press deadlines) and will be at North Bend Friday.
   Tip off against the Bulldogs is at 6 p.m.