Second quarter shutout silences Gladiators
The Montgomery Blair Blazers (7-6) girls' basketball team used superior ball movement and a blanketing full court press to take down the Northwood Gladiators 68-28. Blair put it out of reach in the second quarter when they scored 18 points and shut out Northwood.
The Blazers won the tip and started the game aggressively, utilizing an up-tempo offense and full court press on defense. Both teams, however, struggled to find offense in the early minutes of the game. It was Blair junior Lauren Frost who got the game's first point by stealing the ball from a Northwood guard and forcing a foul on the ensuing layup. Frost then added another two points through a powerful drive and layup. This was followed by a long jumper by junior Allison Mackenzie to add to the early lead for the Blazers. With 3:31 left in the first quarter Northwood was finally able to get on the board with a layup, but Blair answered quickly by senior and team captain Camille Estrin who drained a jumper from beyond the arc. The first quarter ended at 21-6.
Coach Carlos Smith went back to the starters at the beginning of the third quarter, hoping to continue the Blazers' scoring run. Blair once again started strong, using their full court press to harass the Northwood guards into turnover after turnover. Estrin again knocked down another three-pointer to loud applause from the home crowd. Northwood eventually found their shot and managed to score their first points since the first quarter with 6:13 left in the third. The Blazers, however, could not be stopped as they continued to create turnovers and score, leading to a score of 56-14 at the end of the third quarter.
After the game, Coach Smith was especially pleased with the work of the team captain and the game's top scorer, Camille Estrin. "She did a good job scoring, hustling on defense, and ultimately had a great game,” said Smith.
The Blazers next home game is on Monday, February 1st, against Paint Branch
Lauren Frost is a staff writer for Silver Chips Online
Camille Estrin is the sports editor for Silver Chips Print
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