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By Will Birks @will_birks
SILVER SPRING — In the first game of the season for both teams Friday, the Blair Blazers girls varsity basketball team defeated the visiting Magruder Colonels in a dominant victory, 51-7.
Throughout the game the Colonels were unable to get their offense going and struggled to get good possessions where they could find an open shot. Instead, they had turnover after turnover, allowing for the Blazers to get and maintain a lead throughout the game.
Junior guard Janie Pinter on Blair managed to make steal after steal on defense and push the ball in transition and get the offense going for the Blazers. While on offense, sophomore forward Peyton Martin and junior forward Adia Keene were able to keep the possession and get key offensive rebounds for the Blazers to keep the ball on the offensive end. When the Blazers couldn’t get a turnover, their defense forced Magruder players to take bad shots. With Martin and Keene crashing the boards on offensive and their impressive defense, the Blazers seemed unstoppable.
Blair’s dominance continued throughout the game, as at the end of the first half, the Blazers were able to hold the Colonels to a mere four points, scoring 32 themselves.
Blair head coach Amy Ferguson said, “We started off pretty quick in man to man and got some steals…so we could then just run our offense.”
Not letting up throughout the second half the Blazers did more of the same with junior forward Lucy Martin making plays and finishing her shots in transition. In the third quarter, Blair did not allow Magruder to score a single point and not giving them chances on offense. Making smart fouls, the Blazers were able to keep the Colonels from making any momentum in the game and getting back into it.
On the foul line, Peyton Martin completed her free throws and maintained Blair’s large lead, closing out the game in a dominant fashion.
However, not everything in this game turned out great for the Blazers and there remains room for improvement for the remainder of the season.
“We need to work on our turnovers and start to make better decisions with the basketball when we play tougher defenses,” Ferguson said after the game.
With the win the Blazers start out their season 1-0 while the Colonels start 0-1. The Blazers have a whole week to prepare to face the Rockville Rams next Friday on the road and look to pick up their second win. Meanwhile, Magruder has only a short amount of time to prepare for the Northwest Jaguars as they face them on Tuesday in hopes of adding a game to the win column.