This article was written by Daniel Healey and Isaac Mervis.
1/17 Cardinal Ritter
University traveled to Cardinal Ritter for a memorable battle. At the end of 1 quarter of play, University had a slim lead of 22-20. The game was neck and neck at the end of the first half with a score of 42-41. University led Cardinal Ritter 59-55 at the end of 3 quarters, but a big 4th quarter by Ritter sent the game in overtime. In overtime Cardinal Ritter escaped with an 86-84 victory. The Blazers were led by Tyler Diehl with 23 followed by Mikhail Liston with 18.
In their first home game of the season, the Blazers took on Section rival Tindley. University jumped out to a 12-7 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back. The Blazers expanded their lead to 34-20 at halftime. The Blazers’ lead grew even further at the end of the 3rd quarter with a score of 50-27. Tindley had a strong 4th quarter, but it was not enough to catch the Blazers who took home the victory 58-40. Tyler Diehl and Sam Forkin led the Blazers in scoring with 16 and 14, respectively. Diehl and Forkin were sharp from the 3-point line, both shooting 4/6.
On January 28, University hosted Alexandria-Monroe. University gained an early 15-8 lead at the end of 1. Alexandria battled back, but trailed 28-24 at halftime. University had a surge in the 3rd quarter, increasing their lead to 46-30. The Blazers held on in the 4th for a 70-58 victory, improving their home record to 2-0. Sam Forkin led the Blazers with 19 points, shooting 5/9 from the 3-point line.
University took on the Eminence Eels on January 31st. University took a 19-10 lead after 1 quarter, and increased it to 42-24 by halftime. Eminence took the third quarter, shortening the lead to 56-41. University finished the game strong, concluding a 69-50 victory. Tyler Diehl led the team with 22 points. Tyler Diehl and Sam Forkin had great touches from the floor, both shooting 4/8 from the 3-point line.
2/1 Anderson Prep Academy
University traveled to Anderson to take on Anderson Prep Academy on February 1st. The quarter-by-quarter stats are unavailable for the game, however, University was victorious 76-47.
2/7 George Washington
On February 7th the Blazers hosted George Washington in a game for the ages! After 1 quarter, the game was knotted at 11. University jumped out to a 19-15 lead at halftime. The Blazers sustained a 36-33 lead going into the 4th quarter. However, George Washington came back to make the score 49-49, sending the game into overtime. One overtime period was not enough to settle the game, with the score at 54-54. University was determined to emerge victorious, outdueling George Washington 11-5 in the 2nd overtime, finishing the game with a score of 65-69. Tyler Diehl led the team with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Robbie Johnson and Mikhail Liston made great contributions with 19 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Lady Blazers defeated the Eminence Eels 32-30 in this Saturday afternoon matchup. The Blazers took the 1st quarter lead with 12-9 lead. Eminence fought back in the 2nd quarter giving the Eels the 18-19 halftime lead. The 2nd half proved to be a strong one for the Trailblazers as they outscored the Eels 7-5 in the 3rd, 7-3 in the 4th, and giving them the outright lead and 32-30 victory. Sophomore Cyan Cosby scored 15 of the team’s 32 points. Ellie Klemsz also added 10 points.
1/30 Broad Ripple
The Lady Trailblazers suffered a tough 24-33 loss to the Broad Ripple Rockets. The Blazers started out very strong taking the 9-2 1st quarter lead. The 2nd quarter proved to be a rough one for our Blazers, but they still kept the 13-12 lead. The Blazers went scoreless in the 3rd opposed to the Rockets’ 10 points making the score 13-22. The Blazers kept up with the Rockets in the 4th, but the Rockets walked away with the 24-33 victory. Seniors Ellie Klemsz and Elizabeth Orians showed their leadership to the team combining for 17 of the team’s 24 points (Klemsz with 11, Orians with 6).
2/3 Faith Christian
The Lady Blazers fell to the Faith Christian Eagles 30-32. The Eagles took the 8-10 1st quarter lead. At the half the Blazers were down 12-17. After the 3rd quarter the Eagles still had the lead with a score of 22-28. The Blazers weren’t going to end the game without a fight. They outscored the Eagles 8-4 in the 4th quarter, but that wasn’t enough. The Eagles take the 30-32 victory.
Senior Ellie Klemsz took the scoring role for the night contribution 12 of the 30 points. Freshman Honor Cosby wasn’t too far behind with 8 points.