TWIN FALLS — After a knee injury sidelined her for nearly a month earlier this season, Morgan Harr of Twin Falls High School is finding her shot and confidence.
Harr, alongside senior Kylie Baumert, helped give the Bruins girls basketball team a first-round win the Great Basin Conference tournament over rival Canyon Ridge, 55-35, Tuesday night.
Harr said she’s noticed the biggest improvement from the perimeter, where she scored two 3-pointers to extend the Bruins lead in the second half against the Riverhawks.
“Once I came back (from injury), my outside shots felt a little bit off,” she said. “I wasn’t landing right and was a little hesitant, but I feel like I’m kind of getting back. It took a little longer than I hoped, though.”
Harr was helped by Baumert, who nailed back-to-back 3s late in the third quarter, and those long balls by the duo proved to be difference-makers in the game, according to Twin Falls head coach Nancy Jones.
“(Canyon Ridge) was collapsing on us a lot, so we drove and starting opening up those kick outs,” she said. “It helped us a ton to be able to hit those shots. Kylie and Morgan have done a great job on the perimeter for us this season.”
From the beginning, the long ball was a threat. The Bruins got out to a quick 16-6 lead after the first quarter, including 3-pointers by Baumert and Morgan Cargile.
But Canyon Ridge hung around in the second half, led by star senior Caitlin Crist, who finished with a game-high 19 points.
Jones thought her team’s struggle to pull away in the middle of the game came from substitutes not meshing with teammates on the court and Canyon Ridge shifting its defensive looks.
“It’s good for us to see different things, but it gave us trouble there for a good stretch of time,” she said.
Those problems wore off midway through the third quarter, as the Twin Falls surge was kickstarted by a six-point swing off of Harr’s first 3-pointer.
After she netted it, the Bruins got a quick turnover, which Harr drove to the net and got fouled. She made the first and missed the second, but Gracie Mumford, who totaled nine rebounds in the game, collected back-to-back boards and scored on the second for an and-one opportunity.
“We saw how bad we wanted to get the ball in the hoop,” Harr said of the sequence. “We got a lot of adrenaline going there and just wanted to make those shots.”
The Bruins shot well from then on, scoring 34 second-half points in a decisive victory at home.
Baumert led the Bruins with 15 points, while Harr followed closely behind her with 12.
Canyon Ridge will travel to Hailey to face Wood River, who fell to Jerome 59-42 on Tuesday, in a loser-out game Thursday night.
The Bruins advance to face the No. 2 seed, Burley, on the road the same day. Twin Falls fell in the last matchup 40-30 on a bad shooting night, according to Jones.
“It wasn’t like we didn’t have an opportunity to win, but the shots just weren’t going in for us,” she said. “So we need to shutdown their scorers and find our shot, but we also don’t want to force anything because Burley can create turnovers easily.”
Harr, who led the Bruins in scoring against Burley last time, said the loss had a lot to do with the Bruins’ mental approach.
“I don’t know if we came in ready to play in that one,” she said. “Maybe we were a bit scared, but that’s not going to happen this time. We’ve seen them enough this season, so we’ll be ready.”
And in the postseason, Jones said “anything can happen.”
“We’re going to try to give Burley a run for their money on their own court,” she said.