Coming off a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas a week ago, the Blue Valley North girls basketball team wanted a strong game to get back on track.
Blue Valley North couldn’t have drafted a much better way to do it than by routing Blue Springs 56-29 on Friday in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
The Mustangs started the game with a crushing 24-6 run that included 12 points from senior forward Bria Pierce, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
“We came out and we really worked on defensive intensity,” Pierce said. “That was the glue for the team. We kind of backed off against Aquinas defensively. But coming off a loss and winning, this is big for us.”
The Mustangs improved to 3-1 with the victory while the Wildcats fell to 1-4.
By halftime, the Mustangs had pushed their lead to 36-11 and they led by 22 points or more for the remainder of the game while shooting 46 percent from the field.
“They didn’t get in foul trouble and it was nice getting into a good rotation,” Blue Valley North head coach Ann Fritz said. “Our defense was clicking.”
The Huskies held the Wildcats to 29 percent shooting from the field and forced 21 turnovers while committing only 11 themselves.
Sophomore guard Micaela Delagarza led the Mustangs with 22 points followed by Pierce’s 19. Senior forward Maria Klug added nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
After the game, Pierce was presented with a $1,000 Hy-Vee Shootout Scholarship, which is awarded to one senior girl and boy based on athletic achievements, academics, sportsmanship and community involvement.
“Everybody has a role,” Fritz said. “Every night it’s somebody different, and tonight it was Bria. Collectively, as a team, I thought we played great.”To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kgier.