Blackford went on the road for the first time Tuesday night and dropped a 66-31 decision to Maconaquah.
The Braves jumped out to an 8-0 early, but the Lady Bruins rallied to cut the lead to 21-16 after 1. Coach Mitch Waters noted, “We were within 5 points with 5 minutes to go in the first half much because we were able to get freshman phenom Lilly Maple (who finished with 25 points) in foul trouble early. After Grace Simmons and Jaycie Sones were taken out due to foul trouble, the Lady Bruins turned the ball over 6 straight times to allow Maconaquah to put some distance between themselves and the Lady Bruins before halftime, 45-23. Coach Waters continued, ” The glaring stat that killed us was the 29 turnovers to their 14. On a positive note, we played 32 minutes with everything we had. We also were able to get the foul 27 times which was what I told the girls that I wanted them to do.”
The Lady Bruins were limited to 8 second half points while the host Braves put up 21.
Grace Simmons led Blackford with 10 points and Jaycie Sones scored 7. Paige Maloney scored 4 and with 3 was Grace Marshall.
Sophie Winger led in rebounds with 7. Makayla Harrold grabbed 6. Reaghan Harding had 5 and Jaycie Sones added 4 apiece. Simmons and Erin Cagle each had an assist. Adding a block apiece were Hailey Morris, Harding, Grace Marshall, and Sissy Reid. Simmons finished with 3 steals and Sones collected 2.
The Lady Bruins were 11-of-57 from the field and only 8-of-27 from the foul line. They committed 29 turnovers as they fell to 0-2 on the year.
Maconaquah also took the JV game, pulling away in the second half to a 43-24 win. The Lady Bruins trailed only 14-9 at the half, but were outscored 29-14 the final 14 minutes.
“Though the girls played an aggressive game, they were outmatched by the Braves’ 6-foot post players,” said JV Coach Kristi Shipley.
Leading the Bruins was Alexa Hurd with 7 points, 3 rebounds and a steal. Macy Cagle was a spark plug off the bench with 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Layla Pennington also scored 4 points and had 2 steals.
Other players scoring 2 points for the Bruins were Faith Maloney, Zoey Sawyer, Bre Adney, and Madison Merkel. Cameron Hall knocked down a free throw.
The JV is now 0-2 on the year.
The girls’ play Friday night at Bluffton. The JV game tips off at 6:00pm.