Friday, January 16, 2015


     The Patriot women’s basketball team (6-11) kicked off the new year with a 65-57 victory over the visiting Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University (8-8). Lena Bramblett’s squad not only started the new year off right, but they also put an end to a three game skid dating back to December 15th.

     The Patriots used a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double figures led by Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) and Heather Sandlin (Florence, Ky.), who scored 15 apiece in the win. Sandlin nearly notched a double-double with seven assists on the night. Brooke Gee (Ashland, Ky.) pitched in with 12 points and six rebounds in just 12 minutes. Miranda Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) turned in a strong performance with 10 points. Wilson, 5-7 guard, pulled down a game-high eight boards.

     St. Catharine used the three ball as a lethal weapon in the victory. The Patriots doubled the Trailblazers up on 3’s hitting eight in 16 opportunities, while OCU on the other hand hit just four in 21 attempts. The other key part in the Patriots’ offense, passing, the Patriots dished out 15 assists on 22 made field goals.

     The Patriots used the trey to build an early lead. In the opening seven minutes and change the Patriots built a 17-11 lead behind the play senior leader, Heather Sandlin. Sandlin was 3-3 from deep in the opening run for the Patriots. The Trailblazers answered with a 7-3 run to pull within two, 20-18. The Patriots answered right back to the tune of a 16-3 run to take control of the game with a 15 point advantage with 3:22 remaining in the half. The two teams traded buckets over the final three minutes as the Patriots took a 39-26 lead into the locker room.

     In the second half, after a deuce by Gee and a trey by Wilson, the Patriot lead was up to 18 just two minutes into the second half. After the Trailblazers cut the lead to 13 after a 5-0 spurt, the Patriots opened up another 18 point advantage, 51-33. Ohio Christian battled back with a 12-3 run to cut the lead down to nine, but after a three by Moore and a layup by Nikcoa Jackson (Louisville, Ky.) the lead was back to 14 with 6:29 remaining. The Trailblazers got the lead down to six, but the Patriots hit their free throws down the stretch as they hung on for the 65-57 win.

     The Patriots will return to action this Saturday when they travel to the “Buckeye State” to take on Wilberforce College.