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Late game explosion powers LVR Bombers past Hawks

LVR's Kiandra McLaren (7) helped the Bombers outlast Crowe.

By The Nelson Daily Sports

The L.V. Rogers Bombers saved its best for last, out scoring the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 27-10 in the fourth quarter to escape with a 52-41 victory in Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday night at the Hangar.

Sarah Fuhr led the charge scoring 12 of the points as the Bombers improved to 1-1 in league action.

LVR lost its first game of the league to Golden prior to the Christmas break.

“It was an awesome win for us,” said Bomber starting forward Kiandra McLaren following the game.

“I think our team played really good defence in the fourth quarter and had a lot of good stops. Our offence — ya we made a few mistakes — but we definitely worked to get the ball back on defence.”

The game was the second between the two schools this season. Earlier this month the Bombers staged another second half explosion to defeat the Hawks 59-39.

LVR held a first period lead of 8-4 before Crowe went on a 18-7 run to grab a 22-15 lead at half. The lead could have been greater had Bomber post player Emily Klapstein not poured two free throws and a late hoop prior to the first half buzzer.

In the third quarter the Hawks looked to be in complete control until Fuhr tossed up a buzzer beater from center court that ignited the Bombers.

In the fourth quarter LVR tossed on a three-quarter-court-press that took the wind out of Hawks’ sails, allowing the Bombers many easy baskets.

Fuhr, who did not play the first half due to injury, finished the game with 22 points.

McLaren had eight while Rachael Moulson scored six points along with numerous rebounds. Klapstein added five points.

The Bombers held Trail’s all-star guard Marliese Mauro to two points.

“I think we’re ready to make a run at the zone title,” McLaren confessed. “I think at the beginning of the season we were a bit separated as far as a team but now we’re getting to know each other and our team has really come together.”

The Bombers are idle during exam break, but return to the court to host the LVR Invitational Feb 4-5 at the Hangar.

On the girl’s side of the four-team boy’s and girls tourney is Fernie Falcons, Winfield and Prince Charles Comets of Creston.