Thursday, January 27, 2005
A 12-3 run to close out the second quarter propelled Columbia High to its first Trico Division victory of the season, a 66-40 win over Stevenson Jan. 19 in Miller Memorial Gym.
Sophomore Chelsea Ludwig fired in a career-high 19 points and senior Corrine Blankenship had a double-double of 20 rebounds and 12 points to lead a balanced Bruins attack, which netted a season-high 29 field goals.
Freshman Ericka Ziegler contributed a stat line of 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals, while Ludwig paced the team in steals (7) and assists (3).
The Bruins held an 11-8 edge after one quarter as all five starters got into the scoring column.
But that three-point lead disappeared quickly and early in the second as the Bulldogs scored the period's first four points for their third--and last--lead of the night.
Columbia was undeterred, however. The Bruins soon regained the advantage on a driving layin by sophomore Chani Weiler. That basket--her second of the game--started a nine-point surge that put CHS firmly in control.
When the second quarter ended some four minutes later, the Bruins owned a 30-17 halftime lead. Six CHS players scored at least two points in the first half.
Four of those players had a hand in a 10-point run by the Bruins in the opening minutes of the third quarter that pushed CHS's lead past 20.
Columbia continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, extending its lead to as many as 29 points on two occasions.