Highlassies fall to Blinn

Highlassies fall to Blinn

The McLennan Highlassies dropped Monday evening's game with the Blinn Buccaneers at The Highlands, 78-62.

Both teams started slow offensively. Blinn built a five-point lead, 10-5, with 4:36 to play in the first quarter. Anndrea Lloyd hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to start a 6-0 run that gave McLennan its first lead of the game, 11-10, with 1:44 remaining in the quarter. The Bucs tied the game on an Aaliyah Holmes free throw. The game was tied at 14 with 56.2 seconds to go. KeeKee Nowlin drove through the lane with 38.2 on the clock to give MCC the two-point advantage at the end of the first, 16-14.

Blinn began to put some distance between the two teams in the second quarter. The game was tied at 21 with 6:16 to play in the second. The Bucs used a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to build the seven-point lead. Blinn extended the lead to eight with 30 seconds remaining in the first half, 34-28. McLennan's Jaylonn Walker drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to cut the Bucs lead to five at the half, 34-29.

McLennan opened the third quarter on an 11-3 run capped off by another Walker 3-pointer to take its first lead since early in the second quarter, 40-37. Blinn hit three consecutive 3-pointers to take a six-point lead, 46-40 with 2:05 to play in the third. The Highlassies rallied to tie the game at 48, but another Bucs 3-pointer gave them the 3-point lead going into the final period, 51-48. Blinn opened the fourth on a 14-2 run, and the Highlassies were unable to recover.

Jaylonn Walker led the Highlassies with 26 points and Nadia Hayes added 13.

Blinn 78, McLennan 62
Blinn: Kyler Wyatt 1 3-4 5; Rayanna Carter 5 4-5 15; Aaliyah Holmes 5 0-0 14; Jade Rochelle 4 3-4 11; Kayla Konarik 2 2-2 8; I'mUnique Shelton 0 0-0 0; Alexus Wykoff 1 2-2 4; Ke'Asia Williams 5 0-0 12; Alanna Spencer 3 0-0 1; Missy Archie 0 0-0 0; Totals: 26 14-17 78.

McLennan: Patrickia Daily 0 0-0 0; Colandria Haynes 0 1-2 1; JonNá McDonald 0 1-2 1; Shekenia Green 2 2-2 6; Velma Mitchell 2 0-0 5; KeeKee Nowlin 3 2-3 8; Jaylonn Walker 9 4-4 26; Raveen Blue 0 0-0 0; Shankia Clark 0 0-0 0; Nadia Hayes 5 3-6 13; Chiqueria Cook 0 0-0 0; Anndrea Lloyd 1 0-0 2; Totals: 22 13-19 62.

3-pointers: Blinn 12 (Holmes 4, Spencer 3, Williams 2, Konarik 2, Carter 1), McLennan 5 (Walker 4, Mitchell 1); Total fouls: Blinn 18, McLennan 18; Halftime score: Blinn 34, McLennan 29; Record: McLennan 6-5.