When it comes to sports rivalries, most people think of Lakers-Celtics, Ohio State-Michigan, or maybe even UConn-Tennessee, but when it comes to this area, everyone knows Bluefield State-Bluefield College. And just like all of those rivalries, when these two teams take to the hardwood, you know it is going to be a battle and Monday night was no exception.
Playing in their first game of the season, versus Bluefield College's fourth game of the season, the Big Blues came out a little sluggish only making 4 of their first 13 shot attempts. Meanwhile, the visitors shot 50% (6/12) in the first period building a 17-10 lead.
The second quarter saw the Big Blues continually cut into the visitors lead when a 3-point field goal from Ameera McClain would give the home team their first lead of the night, 25-24. A couple of free throws from Alexus Tucker and a lay-up by Lauryn Hatfield would make sure that the home team entered halftime with that one point lead 29-28.
To start the second half, Bluefield College would show that they weren't going away and regained the lead with an opening triple from the top of the key. However, just a little over a minute later, Kylah Webb would sink two free throws and the Big Blues would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game. The Big Blues would build their lead to as many as seven before heading into the final stanza with a 50-45 lead.
The Big Blues would build their lead up to nine before seeing the visitors cut the lead to three (57-54) with just over four minutes left. That would be as close the visitors would get as Big Blues would hold the visitors to only two more points the remainder of the game and walk away with the 66-56 win.
Webb led the way for the victors with 13 points, while adding 4 rebounds. Hatfield would contribute a solid 10 points and 7 rebounds and McClain would add 12 points off the bench. Dani Janutolo had a team high 8 rebounds.