Big shots by Tremblay in return spark Wildcats
Lindsey Tremblay came back at a good time for Blue Springs.
Tremblay, playing her first game of the year, hit only two shots, but they came at big moments in the game, as Blue Springs knocked off previously unbeaten Fair Grove, 56-44 Monday in the first round of the KXTR Girls Classic at Drury University.
Tremblay finished with six points, which came on a pair of 3-pointers.
“It’s really good (to have her back),” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “She hit a big shot in the first half and perhaps the biggest shot of the game in the second half after they cut the lead to eight. That gave us more breathing room.”
Blue Springs came out early, building a 25-17 halftime lead.
The Wildcats (9-0) built the lead to 16 points in the second half before Fair Grove (9-1) came storming back, cutting the lead to eight.
Tremblay hit her second three of the game, helping the Wildcats regain control and put the game away.
Drew Roberts led the way with 17 points, while Cee Cee Burris added 16 in the win.
“We had very good defensive intensity,” Spigarelli said. “But we didn’t play real well. We weren’t patient with the ball when we had the lead. We had about 21 or 22 turnovers. We didn’t take good care of the ball.”
The Wildcats will have perhaps their biggest test of the season at 7 p.m. tonight when they face Midwest City (Okla.).
Midwest City features two Division I signees and a highly-recruited junior who is rumored to be choosing between perennial powers Rutgers and Tennessee.
“They’re a big challenge,” Spigarelli said. “That’s the No. 1 ranked team in Oklahoma for its class. They’re undefeated. It will be two good undefeated teams going against each other. We’re really going to have to play well to win. Drew’s going to have to shoot well, Bryonna (Snow) is going to have to get going in the post. Everybody’s going to have to play well for us to win.”