TAMPA - A slow first quarter didn't slow Blake down too much on its home court in a 43-39 win over Armwood on Thursday night.
Yellow Jackets guard Stephanie Brush opened the game with a 3-point basket before the Hawks went on a 11-2 run to close the first quarter.
Blake outscored Armwood 16-7 in the second quarter and never trailed again.
The Yellow Jackets won despite poor free-throw shooting (6-of-19) and a bevy of turnovers. Blake also played without starting point guard Erica Nelson, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
"We always play pretty good defense," Blake coach April Williams said. "You could tell we were a bit out of sorts without our point guard. Very sloppy." Blake led by as many as eight, but the Hawks (10-7) clawed back by feeding the ball to center Willonda Windham, who Blake seemed to have trouble matching most of the night. A Windham lay-up late in the fourth quarter put Armwood within six, but Blake shut the door in the closing minutes.
Windham scored 12 of her team-leading 15 in the second half. Other than Windham, no Hawk reached double digits. Ashley Armstrong and Tamika Hepburn each scored seven.
The difference for the Yellow Jackets (13-3) was the offense generated by Brush and forward Kayla Vickers, who finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.