Blahnik reaches scoring mark in Muskie win
Athletics - posted on 1/23/2010
Senior KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich.) became the eighth player in Lakeland College women's basketball history to score more than 1,000 points in a career Saturday afternoon as the Muskies defeated MSOE 53-46 at Moose & Dona Gymnasium.
"KC has been an outstanding person on and off the court," Lakeland head coach Teri Johnson said. "She is a hard worker and is extremely coachable. We're excited that she reached this accomplishment, she deserves it for all the hard work she has put in."
Blahnik, who entered the game with 996 points, broke the 1,000 point mark on a jumper with 6:59 remaining in the first half to give Lakeland a 21-10 lead. Sophomore Erin Cepa (Glenview, Ill.) was perfect in the first half, scoring 13 points on 4-4 shooting, including 3-3 from beyond the arc, and sinking both of her free throws as the Muskies cruised to a 36-13 halftime lead.
"It was an exciting day for us," Johnson said. "We knew how close KC was to getting to 1,000 points and the team came out ready to play with a lot of adrenaline."
MSOE cut the Lakeland lead down to nine points as the Raiders opened the second half with a 19-5 run in the first nine minutes. Despite completing just three field goals in the entire half, the Muskies kept at least an eight point lead until the last few minutes of the game.
"We've run into dry spells in the second half a couple of times this season that has costs us games," Johnson said. " We have to stay focused and show up in both halves. We've reached the point in the season everyone is out to get everyone and we have to play disciplined basketball."
Cepa led all scorers with 18 points. Blahnik added 11 points with six rebounds and a team-high four steals.
"Erin has been a little streaky this season, but when she finds her shot she's on," Johnson said. "She's hard to stop. She moved around and penetrated and had some points inside and wasn't just a perimeter shooter."
Kelly Costello led the Raiders with 14 points. MSOE improved its shooting from 23.8 percent to 44 percent as they attempted to make their comeback.
Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. with a home game against Rockford.
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