NEW PARIS — National Trail’s boys’ basketball team pushed its overall record to 11-2 with a pair of wins last week. The Blazers posted wins over Cross County Conference opponents Miami East and Covington to remain a game behind league-leader Twin Valley South.
The Blazers hosted Miami East on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
NT jumped out to an early lead, 15-8, at the end of the first quarter. Miami East fought back into the game in the second period, but the Blazers extended their lead finishing the half with an 8-0 run. NT took a 32-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
National Trail took over the game in the second half, holding Miami East to just 14 points and coming away with a 65-33 win.
“Really good win for us,” coach Mike Harrison said. “Miami East is always tough and often very difficult to score against. Zach (Woodall) was tremendous inside for us, got us a ton of second and third chances, and Evynn (Short) came in and gave us a big lift tonight as well.”
Woodall scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Short came off the bench to score 15 points.
On Friday National Trail continue to play well beating Covington, 53-33. The Blazers again jumped out early with an 8-0 run to start the game. They held an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Covington was able to get to within two points in the second period, but NT held a 24-18 lead at halftime.
Zach Woodall opened the second half with seven straight points to push NT’s lead to 13. NT continue to build the advantage from their and went on for the win.
Travis Hunt had 14 points for National Trail with Woodall adding 12 points and 15 rebounds. Short scored 12 points.
“This game certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty. We turned it over way too much, but give Covington credit — they play extremely hard,” Harrison said.
“The positive from (tonight) was I think we had several kids very frustrated early on and I thought they did a good job regaining their composure and doing the things necessary in the second half to allow us to win.”
The Blazers game that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12, at Brookville was postponed.
Trail, now 4-2 in the CCC, is scheduled to host Bethel on Friday, Jan. 18