MAXWELL — The senior trio of Kadin Copeland, Brook Blomstedt and Trey Rongisch accounted for all but eight of Sutherland’s points, as the Sailors defeated Maxwell 59-49 on Tuesday.
Led by Copeland’s game-high 22 points, Blomstedt’s 15 and Rongisch’s 14, Sutherland (11-7) won its seventh consecutive game, reminiscent of a season ago when the Sailors rode a late-season hot streak to the state tournament.
“I think this is as well as those three have played,” Sutherland head coach Dan Dyer said. “We’re getting pretty equal contributions from all three. On any given night, any of the three can step up and lead us. They’re all starting to figure out what they can do as individuals to help the team as a whole.”
With the game tied 31-31 at halftime, the turning point came in the third quarter when the Sailors outscored Maxwell 17-8.
“We gave [Maxwell] entirely too many opportunities in the first half, simply because we weren’t boxing out and weren’t moving our feet defensively,” Dyer said. “We were trading baskets in the first half, but in the third quarter we got stops and that’s when we widened the gap.”
Maxwell (9-11) trimmed the lead to four when Kevin Hancock’s coast to coast layup cut the lead to 53-49 with 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining, but Copeland went 5-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to ice the game.
“A lot of our winning streak just comes down to confidence,” Dyer said. “Earlier in the season, a couple of the guys were in shooting slumps and I think it started to get to them mentally. Nothing brings more confidence than getting some wins and we want to continue to use that for the rest of the season.”
For Maxwell, Tuesday marked senior night and although the Wildcats lost, the five seniors accounted for every point.
Blaker Morrissey led the way with 14 points, Kevin Hancock added 13, Marcus Miller and Travis Halligan both had 10 and Connor Gosnell chipped in two.
Wildcats 37, Sailors 30
The Maxwell girls notched their fourth win of the season with a 37-30 win over Sutherland on senior night in Maxwell.
Maxwell (4-18) started strong, scoring the first seven points of the game on the way to a 16-12 halftime lead.
Maxwell’s Sydney Mullin did her part to stave off a Sutherland (7-13) comeback attempt in the second half by making free throws, scoring nine of her team-high 12 points at the charity stripe. Katrelyn Stryker added nine points for Maxwell and seniors Kyra Frisbie and Ally Hazen had four and two points respectively.
Erica Hopping led Sutherland with a game-high 16 points.