The Blair Lady Broncs met an unfortunate end to their basketball season in Canute in Friday night’s District Class A Basketball Tournament. They faced off against the formidable Canute Trojanettes and were defeated handily by a score of 79-12, but never showed a lack of determination throughout the hard-fought contest.
In the first quarter, the Trojanettes made it quite evident that they did not plan to allow the Lady Broncs a chance at any offensive rebounds. The Broncs also had trouble shutting down a lights-out three-point shooting clinic from Canute, who went 13 of 26 from beyond the arc (a 45% output). After also losing many points in transition, the Lady Broncs were down 28-7 at the end of the first quarter of play, and the second proved utterly fruitless with Canute expanding their lead to 42-7 by the half.
The third quarter was looking like a repeat of the first two periods, but the Lady Broncs found life in the final two minutes and added five points to their total score. Canute, however, saw no reason to slow down the onslaught and grew the lead to 54-7 going into the fourth and final act.
Though the speed of the Trojanettes was instrumental in their defeat of the Lady Broncs, the height of Blair’s ladies did yield some impressive, stifling blocked shots on the shorter Trojanette players in the fourth quarter. Though this height contributed on the defensive side of play, it did not keep Canute from having five different players with five or more rebounds. Canute expanded its lead further in the fourth as many younger, bench players found open looks, to a close out the rout with a score of 79-12.
The two standouts for the Lady Broncs in the contest were McKenzie Morris who battled ferociously to pull down 9 rebounds in the game. On the offensive side, Mikayla Macadoo contributed half of Blair’s point total with her team-high 6 points. All of the Lady Broncs showed a fighting spirit in the contest and are to be commended for continuing to put forth their best efforts for a full four quarters in the face of such a challenging match up.
Daniel Moran is a contributing writer for the Altus Times