NEW PARIS — National Trail’s girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start and cold shooting to pull away from visiting Northeastern (Ind.) for a 56-45 win on Thursday, Dec. 1.
With the win, Trail improves to 2-0 on the season.
The Blazers placed four players in double figures on the night, with junior JaLynn Byrd leading the way with 12. Freshman Makena Laird added 11, while sophomore Savanna Abner and Evan Byrd each scored 10.
Senior Payten Laird added eight and freshman Davlynn Werner scored five.
“We were able to overcome a slow start and a cold shooting night by going 23-of-37 from the free throw line and getting a few steals late in the game that really sealed the win,” Trail coach Troy Ferguson said.
The game was tied at 11-11 after the opening quarter, but the Blazers outscored Northeastern 21-13 in the second quarter to take control of the game.
The Knights trimmed the Blazers lead to four by the end of the third quarter, but Trail pulled away late thanks in part to its performance at the free throw line and timely steals.
The Lady Blazers return to action Thursday, Dec. 8, at Northridge with a varsity-only contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.