Michael Bane had a career-high in scoring for National Trail last Friday night against Cross County Conference rival Miami East. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough as the Vikings took down the Blazers, 58-40, for Trail’s fourth loss of the season.
“For about a quarter and a half, we were right with them,” said Trail head coach Mike Harrison.
That changed about halfway through the second quarter. After one quarter of play, the Blazers had a 12-11 lead over Miami East. The Vikings broke away with a 23-point second quarter, which gave them a 34-22 halftime lead. Miami East hit eight three pointers in the first half.
East then put up 15 and held Trail to six in the third quarter to extend the lead.
For Trail, it came down to holding onto the ball and making shots. The Blazers hit just 25 percent of two-point field goals, and they turned the ball over 15 times, which was an improvement over previous games.
“We handled the pressure better than we had,” Harrison said. “And those 15 turnovers were our lowest of the season, but it’s still not where we need to be.”
Bane was the highlight for the Blazers, leading all scorers in the game with 21 points.
“Miami East trapped every possession,” Harrison said. “They ran a full court trap, and Michael did a good job of finishing for us.”
Kyle Bachman had eight points and 10 rebounds, and Bailey Stewart had seven points.
“Bailey played well,” Harrison said. “He did a good job of handling the ball.”
The Blazers have three games this week to get a notch in their win column. They host Covington on Tuesday, Dec. 17. They’ll be at Bethel on Friday and home against Centerville, Indiana on Saturday.
“The big thing now is we are not consistent as a group,” Harrison said. “We need to finish with that pressure, and against Miami East, we never made them back out of it.”
Trail is 0-4 on the season.