Blazers vs. Park Tudor Recap: 11/27
University opened the basketball season against Park Tudor Panthers on November 27th. The Panthers were a top-ranked 2A team heading into the season and proved to be worthy of the ranking. They got out to a 24 – 10 lead at the end of the first quarter and didn’t look back. The Panthers put up 33 in the second to make the halftime score 57-23. The Blazers outscored the Panthers 20-16 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to come back. The final score was 90-52 in the Panthers’ favor. Xavier commit Trevon Bluiett proved to be tough to handle, scoring 41 points in the contest. University Junior Robbie Johnson had 20 points, including 4 three-pointers. Senior Anthony Maranto dropped 12. It was a tough season opener against a formidable opponent. The team showed many positive signs that they will continue to develop and utilize throughout the year.
Blazers vs. Lutheran Recap: 11/30
University took on Indianapolis Lutheran on November 30th. The Blazers jumped out to a 13-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. They increased their lead at halftime to a score of 24-18. The Blazers had their best effort in the 3rd quarter, scoring 17 to Lutheran’s 10. Lutheran had an impressive effort to come back but fell up short, with a final score of 49-44. Junior Tyler Diehl led the charge for University with 13 points, followed closely behind by Senior Sam Forkin with 12 and Junior Zach Duncan with 10. Both Diehl and Forkin had two 3-point field goals in the contest. The Blazers bounced back from a tough loss to Park Tudor and turned it into an impressive victory against Lutheran.
Blazers vs. Speedway Recap: 12/7
On December 7th, the Blazers traveled to Speedway to take on the Sparkplugs. Speedway took an early 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. By the end of the half they increased their lead to 31-18. University had a nice surge in the third quarter to make it 43-36. Despite late efforts, Speedway pulled away in the fourth to finish the game at 58-45. The Junior guard combination of Mikhail Liston and Robbie Johnson had 13 points apiece. Tyler Diehl and Anthony Murdock each had 6, followed by Anthony Maranto with 5. Murdock also had 12 rebounds.
Blazers vs. Bethesda Recap: 12/13
University traveled to Bethesda on December 13th. University jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. After leading 15-12 after the first quarter, they increased their lead to 31-21 by halftime. A huge third quarter brought the score to 48-26. Despite a 23-point fourth-quarter effort by Bethesda, the final score was 66-49 in University’s favor. University found success behind a huge game from Mikhail Liston, scoring 22 points. Senior Sam Forkin and Junior Tyler Diehl each tacked on 12 points. Robbie Johnson and Anthony Murdock added 7 points of their win. Some notable statistics were that Tyler Diehl shot 67% and Sam Forkin shot 50% from behind the three-point line and Anthony Murdock pulled down 8 rebounds.
Lady Blazers vs. Brebeuf Recap: 11/26
The Lady Blazers took on Brebeuf’s JV team on November 26th. The Blazers took command of the game early and had a 16-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. They continued their dominance to take a 26-9 lead at halftime. The Blazers held on for the rest of the game for a 43-27 victory. Elizabeth Orians had a great performance scoring 17 points for the Lady Blazers. The rest of the scoring was equally distributed with Berry, C. Cosby, and E. Klemsz scoring 6; Schulte scoring 5; and Small scoring 3.
Lady Blazers vs. Bethesda Recap: 12/3
On December 3rd the Lady Blazers took on Bethesda Christian. University jumped out to a 7-4 lead at the end of the four, but Bethesda evened it up in the second quarter to make a halftime score of 11-11. Bethesda had a quick surge in the 3rd quarter and put up 10 points to University’s 4. The Blazers had a great attempt to regain the lead but couldn’t quite hold on and Bethesda took the victory 31-27. H. Cosby led the team in scoring with 7, followed closely by E. Klemsz with 6. Other scorers include C Cosby with 5, Berry with 4, Small with 3, and Orians with 2. Coach Summitt-Mann had this to say after the game:
“Tonight’s contest was a tough game. Bethesda was ready to play and we got into some early foul trouble. We seemed to have a lid on the basket in the first half, and had trouble finding Ellie underneath. Overall, the experience of a close game will help us grow. We had some girls step up, and move into new roles. Honor Cosby provided us with a spark early off the bench and got us going. Lexie Schulte came in as a defensive specialist near the end of the game, and Reilly Small hit a tough shot to bring us within three points in the final minute.”
Lady Blazers vs. International Recap: 12/10
The Lady Blazers hosted International on December 10th. After one quarter, the score was an even 5-5. The Blazers charged ahead in the second, with a half-time score of 14-10. University increased their lead to 18-12 after three quarters. The game came down to the final seconds, but the Blazers held on for a 24-22 victory. Elizabeth Orians led the team with 10 points, followed by Freshman Maggie Klemsz with 5. Here is what Coach Summitt-Mann had to say after the victory:
“The girls fought hard under pressure and pulled out the win. Elizabeth Orians found her feet and hit some big shots outside the arc. Our perimeter started finding Ellie in the post. Lizzie, Honor, and Ashley all gave great pressure defense minutes. Cyan Cosby also stepped up in a big way at the end of the game in the point position. She took control of our team and stayed strong with the ball down to the final seconds. “