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Aijha Blackwell and Team USA picked up right where they left off.

Blackwell, who will be a senior at Whitfield School, led the team in scoring in the first half as the USA rolled past Chile 115-39 on Thursday in a preliminary round game of the FIBA Americas U18 tournament at the Juan de la Barrera gym in Mexico City.

All of Blackwell's 13 points came in the opening half as the Americans carried a 45-point lead into the break.

Blackwell, who scored 13 points for the second successive game, also added four rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Christyn Williams led six Team USA players in double figures with 19 points.

USA coach Jeff Walz, who also is the head coach at Louisville, told USA Basketball that he was happy with his team's progress.

“We definitely made some strides today,” Walz said. “Offensively, I thought we worked the ball around. We did some things that we didn’t do in yesterday’s game, so that’s encouraging. Defensively, we started off a little slow, but then started to turn things on. It was nice to see us be able to adjust. Overall, I’m pleased.”

Blackwell, a 6-foot guard-forward, was an All-Metro first team selection as a junior. She led the area with an average of 24.2 points per game for the Warriors, who finished 23-7 and took third in Class 3 last year.

The USA (2-0) will close out the preliminary round with a game against Puerto Rico (1-0) at 6:30 p.m. Friday before a day off leads into the quarterfinal round Sunday.

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