Although the Lady Bruins controlled the game early and played solid for three quarters, they lost the battle to Tri 58-51.
Blackford was able to build an early five point lead from good rebounding and getting some steals defensively. The Lady Bruins were leading 14-9 after the first quartyer and really looked like they were going to set the tone and control the game.
Liv Waters’ five points, Bri Stroble’s four and Gracie Lamotte’s three points helped the team get its early lead.
In the second quarter Olivia Leas came back in after two tough foul calls early and led the way with eight points. The second quarter was more of the same with the Lady Bruins creating a lot of turnovers on defense and went 5-8 at the line to have the 29-23 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Tri fought back playing even with the Lady Bruins most of the way and gaining the momentum by the end of the quarter.
In the final eight minutes of play Tri scored 24 points to the Bruins 12. Tri made 13 pf those points from the free throw line which made a huge difference in the final outcome.
Coach Mitch Waters said, “That was sad to lose that game. We controlled that game for 3 1/2 quarters, before falling in the 4th. Tri scored almost half of their points from the free throw line making 21-35.
“With their size under the basket, that made it very difficult for us, but it seemed like every shot they shot underneath there was a whistle. That makes it extremely difficult considering they were so much bigger than us.
“In the 4th quarter we just didn’t seem to stay the course enough. We played an unbelievable game and I am so proud of our girls. We have literally gotten better in every loss we have had in the last four games! Tri beat us big time last season and they returned all of their top players from last year, so that was a moral victory if nothing else. We are about to hit our stride I believe and I would rather finish the season strong than start strong and fade.”
The Bruins fall to 5-6 on the season.
The junior varsity Lady Bruins remain unbeaten after defeating the Lady Titans of Tri High 47-24.
In the first quarter Savanna Morris started strong scoring seven points with Chloe Wicker chipping in four as the Lady Bruins took an early 14-7 lead.
In the second half the offense stalled but was able to still out score the Titans 8-6. Gracie Lamotte led the scoring for the Bruins with five points.
The third quarter was back and forth as the Lady Bruins got into foul trouble but again were able to out score the Titans 11-7 with Chloe Wicker leading the Bruins with seven points.
In the fourth the offense and the defense were firing on all cylinders scoring 14 in the quarter with Wicker leading the charge again with six points and the defense holding the Lady Titans to four points.
Chloe Wicker ended the game with 17 points and Savanna Morris had 11 points.