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Lady Blazers Fall Short in District P Tournament to Kaskaskia

The Lady Trailblazers season came to an end with a heart-crushing 72-to-68 defeat to the Blue Angels of Kaskaskia tonight at the VU P.E. Complex despite three players scoring in double-figures.

The game got off to a slow start as both teams traded shots back and forth defensively. 1 minute and 40 seconds would tick off the clock before sophomore Milana Matias would grab an errand rebound out of the air, and put it up and in for the first points of the contest. VU would get up by as many as 9 in the first, and held a 21-17 lead over Kaskaskia after 10 minutes of play.

However, the tides turned in the 2nd quarter. Kaskaskia took their first lead with 8:50 to play in the 1st-half as part of an 18-0 run they hung the Blazers in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Mallett and Maggett would both add jumpers to close out the 2nd quarter, but VU still trailed Kaskaskia by a score of 38-to-32 at the half.

VU came out of the locker room fired up, and traded buckets with the Blue Angels for several of the 2nd half’s first possessions. Sophomore Laurhen Pickett would add a pair of free-throws to tie the game at 42 with 6:31 to play in the 3rd, and it appeared that VU had weathered the storm. Both teams traded basket-after-basket through the end of the 3rd quarter, and the Blue Angels clung to a 52-to-50, 2-point lead after 3 quarters of play.

The 4th quarter followed the same pattern as the rest of the game. Every basket was contested, and both teams were scrapping for loose balls, with players flying all-over the floor. Kaskaskia would build a 4-point lead with 45 seconds to play. Coach Meeks called a time-out, and drew up a play in the VU huddle. VU inbounded the ball to Ladellia Maggett off of a Laurhen Pickett screen, and she buried the triple! VU trailed by 1, 68-69 with 33 seconds to play. VU fouled, sending Braniquka Engelkins to the foul-line. She would hit the back-end of a pair of free-throws, giving Kaskaskia a 70-68 lead. VU tried to rush down the court, and an errand pass was picked off by Engelkins. She would coast to the other end, lay the ball in for 2, and Kaskaskia would down the Lady Blazers by a final score of 72-to-68.

Sophomore Laurhen Pickett recorded her 15th double-double of the year, scoring 17 points, and pulling down 10 rebounds. Freshman Ladellia Maggett chipped in 17 points, and handed out 4 assists. Sophomore Milana Matias would round-out the Lady Blazers in double-figures scoring with 12 points.

The game brings the team’s final record to 25-and-6 on the year. A heart-breaking end to what-otherwise has been a phenomenal season for the Lady Trailblazers. All members of the college, and the local community would like to extend a special thank you to VU sophomores: Laurhen Pickett, Kayla Mallett, Unique Conner, Sheyanne Street, Milana Matias, & Katrina Vectirane for the countless sacrifices they have made to further the women’s basketball program, as well as the university as a whole. We wish these ladies the best of luck in their future endeavours!

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