SILVER SPRING – The Montgomery Blair Blazers varsity girls basketball team made a statement Tuesday when it handily defeated the visiting Blake Bengals, 50-32.
The Blazers opened the game with an 11-0 scoring run and never relinquished their lead. Senior guard Alayna McFadden (15 points) and senior forward Aissatou Bokoum (10 points) made sure a Bengals comeback was out of the question as McFadden cut through the Blake defense and Bokoum dominated on the offensive boards.
Even though Blake created turnovers and players were going to the ground to grab the ball, the Bengals couldn’t translate their efforts to the scoreboard and trailed 28-9 at halftime.
Blake’s pair of shining moments came courtesy of senior guard Kennedy Love in the third quarter. Love hit two back-to-back three-pointers to try to cut into Blair’s lead. However, with McFadden shouting instructions to her teammates from the top of the key and senior forward Nora Olagbaju registering six points in the third quarter, the Bengals couldn’t recover.