FOR CAMPBELL — University Heights Academy hit the road on Thursday as both the Blazers and Lady Blazers took on Fort Campbell in their final contest of Eighth District play.
Lady Blazers snap skidWhile there wasn’t anything at stake as far as the Eighth District was concerned, the Lady Blazers needed to get back on track.
Multiple UHA players found the scoring columns as the Lady Blazers cruised to a 52-22 win over Fort Campbell.
UHA head coach Derrick Hickman said Thursday night’s game was about getting back to a positive mindset.
“I just wanted to get the girls feeling good about themselves,” Hickman said. “I wanted the girls to go out, have fun and get a win. A win is important for us right now. It gives us something to go into the district with. I feel like we can go down to Butler County and get a win because they’re beatable. We just need to get into the mindset of winning. ... I just told our girls to go out and have fun and play basketball.”
The Lady Blazers used defense early to grab the lead. UHA led 10-2 after one.
Fort Campbell tried to score its way back into the game, but after scoring eight points early in the second, the offense stalled out. The Lady Blazers capitalized and took a 25-10 lead into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same, but had its own special moment.
Lainey Burman, who didn’t play basketball prior to this season found herself wide open from 12 feet out. She squared up and buried the jumper for her first career points.
Hickman said seeing her score was a really fun moment.
“That was real special,” Hickman said. “It was good for her.
“She hadn’t played basketball before and it was important to see her get in the scoring column.”
Hickman said getting his kids to build on the win is the most important thing as the season nears its end.
“I told them to think about this because winning feels good,” he said. “Believe it or not our girls needed that.
“A lot of people might have saw different, but we needed that win.”
UHA 52, Fort Campbell 22
UHA (6-17) 10 15 13 14 — 52
FC (0-19) 2 8 10 2 — 22
UHA: Meghan Adams 10, Clarissa Miller 8, Mallory Rager 8, Jaila Batey 6, Amariya Bass 5, Alecia Davis 4, Brianna Daniel 4, Lily Hendricks 3, Vallie Smith 2, Lainey Burman 2.
FC: Asia Cabili 9, Danielle Houston 9, Marissa Cole 2, Jittakam Teerapunyyachai 2.
Blazers cruise to VICTORYUHA opened the game strong, and that was more than enough to fend off the Falcons on Thursday night.
The Blazers came out strong defensively, holding Fort Campbell scoreless for the opening minutes as they began to break the game open, much like they did the first time these two teams faced off.
UHA opened the game on a 16-2 run and led 20-7 at the end of the first frame. That 13-point lead was more than enough for the Blazers.
KJ Crump, Amani McGee and Will Bryan all scored in double figures in the win.
Crump led the way for UHA with a game-high 25 points.
For Fort Campbell, Cameron Pratt scored nearly half of the Falcons’ points on the night, finishing with 23 in the loss.
The Blazers’ win gives them a perfect 6-0 finish in the Eighth District play.
UHA 76, Fort Campbell 50
UHA (13-9) 20 16 18 22 — 76
FC (7-19) 7 12 12 19 — 50
UHA: KJ Crump 25, Amani McGee 16, Will Bryan 10, Nick Lucky 8, Weston Wood 5, Jay Brown 3, Cassius Jackson 2, Lemar Northington 2.
FC: Cameron Pratt 23, Aiden Blaszkowski 11, Jeremiah Holley 8, Brady Clark 3, Brock Elsberry 3, Aaron Hall 2.