With both middle school basketball teams getting wins on Thursday night over Saint Mary's, they accomplished a couple of things that no other teams had in the school's three years competing. Both teams won back to back games during the season for the first time ever. Both teams won on the same night at home for the first time ever. Both teams are now at 3 wins on the season, more than any previous team for each, to finish out the 2019 side of the schedule. There were smiles and cheering all around as the Blazer Nation continues to grow in their athletic status. "The growth over the past three years for our middle school basketall program's teams has been amazing to watch. They are working hard and playing smarter. We are so proud of them and cannot wait to see what the rest of this season holds. I really appreciate how the coaches are leading our students. There are still plenty of winnable games left on the season as well," Athletic Director Grant Redmond declared.
The Lady Blazers started the night off with their win, 22-11. Their theme of the year, "creating opportunities," with the focus of getting stops and rebounds continues to reward them. They have hit their goal for back to back games of getting 8 stops per quarter. They held Saint Mary's to only 4 made shots on the night. Their great defense, led by 8th grade Captain Sydney Stratton's 8 blocks on the night, created opportunities for, "their best offensive game of the year," according to Coach Redmond. Point Guard Keya Patel scored 10 points for the second straight game, Emma Huie hit great mid range shots, totalling with 8 points and Stratton added 4.
The Blazers finished the night off with their first ever home win, 30-13. Coach Denis Howes has been pushing his boys on the offensive end of the floor, "Tonight we really moved the ball well, with our guards and even our big guys did well." For the third time this season they hit the 30 point mark, which has resulted in all of their wins. 8th graders led the way, with Andy Herron scoring 14 points. Center Evan Bradley had 8, including two "And One's." Zach Burger and Sam McNeal added 4 each. They only allowed 6 made baskets on the night and zero in the 4th quarter. Herron explained, "We did great tonight. We got the win becuase of how aggressive we were. We fought through some shots not falling and got the win we were looking for."
The Lady Blazers finish the first half of the season at 3-5 (1-3 in KISL) and the Blazers are at 3-6 (1-4 in KISL). Both teams are on high notes right now and will get much deserved rest over the holidays. Be sure the check out some of the remaining home games that will take place in January. Go Lady Blazers and Blazers!