The Bluejays fell hard to conference rival Sterling on the road tonight, 70-41.
They struggled throughout the first half, scoring only 17 points, and were behind by 11 points at halftime, 28-17.
The Sterling Warriors continued to steadily extend their lead as the second half progressed. The Warriors? Jannica Shultze hit a three-pointer to make the score 40-23 with 14:51 left, and the Warriors hit another three point shot shortly after to make the score 49-31 with ten minutes remaining. The Warriors had scored 11 points in the preceding five minutes and went on to score 42 points in the second half of the ball game.
In contrast, the Bluejays scored only 24 points in the second half and had a scoring average of 28 percent for the game.
The Bluejays put the last two points on the board, making the final score 70-41.
Two Bluejays players made double digits for the night. Whitney Polosky had 10 points and teammate Tynan Honn led the Bluejays in scoring with 13 points. The Warriors also had two players in the double digits, with Schultze scoring 14 points and Britany Gasper finishing off the night with 21 points.
The Bluejays lost to Sterling tonight, 86-68, completing the Warriors? sweep of the Bluejays on the road.
The Warriors started out the game strong, beginning with a 15-point scoring run while holding the Bluejays to just three points over the first 15 minutes of the game. The Bluejays? Gavin Serene made a three-point shot to narrow the Warriors? lead to six points with 13 minutes left in the half, but the Warriors continued to draw ahead and hold the Bluejays to relatively few points.
The Bluejays found a bit of their spark, however, in the last few minutes of the first half. A basket from the Bluejays? Damon Dechant tied the game, 29-29, with just 35 seconds left before the buzzer. However, a layup from Darius Alexander gave the Warriors a narrow lead, 31-29, going into the locker room.
Undeterred by a late effort from the Bluejays at the end of the first half, the Warriors came out and quickly extended their lead, leading by 10 points with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The Bluejays rallied again, cutting down the Warriors? lead to just five points, 57-50, just a minute of play time later.
The Warriors would have none of it, though, and came back for a strong lead. With around three minutes left in the game, the Warriors? Zach Poole hit a long three-point to electrify the Sterling crowd and give them the biggest lead of the game, 82-61.
The Warriors outscored the Bluejays by 16 points in the second half, making 55 points compared to the 39 points the Bluejays scored. Micah Heitt hit a basket for the Bluejays with 54 seconds left, to make the final score for the game 86-68.
Two Bluejays players were in the double digits for the night, with Lawson Kingsley contributing 11 points and Max Frise leading the Bluejays with 15 points. The Warriors had five players in the double digits; Raheem Odomes scored 10 points, Trent Stutzman had 12 points, Cody Brazelton and Poole both had 15 points, and Zach Goodrich led the Warriors with 16 points for the night.
Coming– The Bluejays are scheduled to play Kansas Wesleyan at home on Saturday.