Blue Eye shines defensively in 57-19 third place game win

Blue Eye made a defensive statement in the second half on the way to a dominant 57-19 win over St. Paul Lutheran in the Class 2 third place game. The Lady Bulldogs held the Saints to just five second-half points.

Blue Eye jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one quarter and a 23-14 lead at the half. Out of the break, the Lady Bulldogs put the game away with a 19-4 advantage in the third quarter and 15-1 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Riley Arnold led all scorers with 17 points. Twin sister Avery Arnold and Gracycn Fairchild each scored 12 points for Blue Eye.

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The Lady Bulldog press was stifling in the game forcing 25 St. Paul turnovers. Fairchild had a game-high five steals followed by Riley Arnold with four steals and Avery Arnold and Makayla Johnson with three steals each.

Blue Eye shot 35.2% from the field for the game while holding St. Paul to just 20.6% from the field.

The Lady Bulldogs finish the season with a record of 27-6. The win marked the last game for five seniors including: Riley Arnold, Avery Arnold, Gracyn Fairchild, Kyla Warren and Makayla Johnson. That group helped Blue Eye to four straight district titles, three consecutive final fours and three Class 2 third place finishes.

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