An overwhelming defensive performance by the Blanchet girls basketball team helped it build an early lead that it would never relinquish, beating Seattle Prep 65-30.
The Braves forced 19 turnovers and are now at 4-0. Heading into Friday’s game, Blanchet’s average margin of victory was 25, so the big win over Prep was nothing new.
Even after losing four seniors from the team that finished second in state last year, Blanchet is finding players to step up. Sophomore Taylor Chambers, who was a starter on last year’s state team, led the way Friday – she had 16 points and barely played in the fourth quarter after the game was already decided.
I asked her if Blanchet having played in the state championship last year gives this year’s team more confidence. She said it does, but also that “we really just don’t want to keep focusing on what we did last year. We want to work on what we’re going to do this year.”
And if the Braves keep playing this way, and beating teams in this nature, perhaps another state run is in the cards.
“They got to that championship game [last year] and our goal is to get there again, and not to come out of on the same end of it this time,” Blanchet head coach Bryan Willison said.
A complete game, inside-out
The Braves really exemplified a complete team offensively Friday. They were able to convert many of their 19 forced turnovers into quick buckets in the paint. But they also found success from the perimeter.
They made 10 three-pointers, four of them in the third quarter.
“We’re good on both ends, [and] we’re inside-out,” Willison said. “I like the way our kids shoot. The younger ones, they’re starting to shoot the ball now. They’re getting over their jitters of being young and in the program. It’s going to be, hopefully, a complement to what we’re doing on the inside.”