Balanced Lady Blazers bounce Vols

Vincennes University's Reeva Hammelman shoots a 3-pointer over John A. Logan's Kayla Walker (11) in their game Thursday at the P.E. Complex.

VU’s Hammelman logs career-best effort

North Knox graduate Reeva Hammelman put up a career-high 19 points, and four other Vincennes University women scored in double figures as the Trailblazers put together a 33-4 first-half run to bury John A. Logan, 96-63, in a Region 24 game at the P.E. Complex on Thursday.

Hammelman, who sat out most of VU’s victory at Lincoln Trail Monday with an ankle injury, rebounded nicely with a 12-point first quarter. Nina Blade was next for the 24th-ranked Blazers (5-1, 3-0 district) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Shaila Beeler scored 12, and Noni Russell and Enija Brown-Griffin 10.

Brown-Griffin also had a double-double with 10 rebounds, Beeler led with six assists, while Amani Brown scored nine, and Alexis Radcliff and Trinitee Harris eight. The scoring totals for Blade and Brown-Griffin were also career-bests.

The game was a make-up from Wednesday after it was postponed due to inclement road conditions.

VU’s offense struggled after taking a 4-0 lead. Bianna Snorton hit two 3s in an 8-0 Volunteers run, and Leilani Murray’s trifecta put the Blazers down, 13-6, with 5:20 showing. Hammelman answered with a 3-pointer, Radcliff followed with two, and a second Hammelman 3 with 2:37 left put the Blazers ahead for good.

The margin was 22-16 after one quarter. Hammelman’s three-point play at the 6:42 mark capped off a 7-0 start to the period. Following a Logan free throw by Summer Sanders, VU tallied the next 10 points, including seven by Brown-Griffin, to grab a 39-17 advantage.

The Volunteers, who went over seven minutes without a field goal in VU’s run, kept up the rest of the period to get to halftime down, 52-28.

The gap was 60-35 when the Blazers put the finishing touches on the win with another 10-0 run. Hammelman, Radcliff, Blade, and Beeler all scored in the spurt. Brianna Raynor had her first points of the season with four in an 11-0 close to the quarter that put VU ahead, 81-40, heading into the fourth. That was the Blazers’ largest lead.

Kayla Walker had 18 points to pace Logan (1-5, 1-3), and Snorton scored 15. Diamond Taylor scored eight points with a game-best 13 rebounds.

VU hosts Shawnee at 5 p.m. next Wednesday in the front-end of a women’s-men’s doubleheader.

VINCENNES 96, JOHN A. LOGAN 63

WOMEN-THURSDAY

JOHN A. LOGAN

Snorton (f) 4-14 4-4 15, Blankenship (g) 2-2 0-1 5, Walker (g) 8-16 2-4 18, Taylor (g) 4-11 0-4 8, Ceaser (g) 2-16 2-3 6, Sanders 0-2 1-2 1, Hardimon 1-3 0-0 3, Murray 2-8 0-0 5, Mitchell 0-9 2-2 2, Emanuel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-81 11-20 63.

VINCENNES

Radcliff (f) 3-5 2-4 8, Blade (f) 5-7 4-4 14, Beeler (g) 4-6 2-2 12, Brown (g) 4-16 0-0 9, Hammelman (g) 7-12 3-3 19, Harris 3-5 2-3 8, Russell 5-12 0-0 11, Raynor 1-2 2-2 4, Lascorz 0-3 0-0 0, Brown-Griffin 4-10 3-5 11. Totals: 36-78 18-23 96.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

John A. Logan|16-12-12-23 — 63

Vincennes|22-30-29-15 — 96

3-pointers: John A. Logan 6-25 (Snorton 3-8, Blankenship 1-1, Hardimon 1-2, Murray 1-3, Walker 0-1, Mitchell 0-4, Ceaser 0-6), VU 6-22 (Beeler 2-3, Hammelman 2-7, Russell 1-4, Brown 1-6, Harris 0-1, Raynor 0-1). Rebounds: John A. Logan 42 (Taylor 13), VU 52 (Blade, Brown-Griffin 10). Turnovers: John A. Logan 18, VU 13. Fouls: John A. Logan 17, VU 18.

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