Blazers ignite in second half, send Minnesota team packing

Albano hits five three-pointers, finishes with 17 points

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

It took until the second half for Trinity to send an out-of-state team packing last week.

Spurred by Monica Albano's three-point accuracy, the Blazers (12-3) sent Benilde-St. Margaret back to Minnesota with a 65-45 shellacking in River Forest on Saturday night.

Albano finished with 17 points, including five three pointers, to lead Trinity. The freshman also had seven assists and three steals. Amanda Macchione added 13 points, Lykendra Johnson 12, and Marché Smith 11 for the Blazers.

Trinity (12-3) came alive in the second half, only after the Red Knights kept things tense with a 29-25 lead at the break.

Toni Carter had a strong first half for the Blazers scoring all of her six points and snagging seven rebounds.

"We didn't come out ready to play. In the second half, we had to pick it up because we were down by four," said Johnson, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half.

Trinity coach Don Sansone echoed his player, "It was much better effort in the second half."

The third quarter started with a much energized Trinity team taking the floor. Macchione completed a three-point play to bring the Blazers to within one.

"You have to finish. When you're on the line, you have to let everything go and just shoot," said Macchione.

Johnson quickly scored an inside basket to put Trinity ahead to stay at 32-31.

The Blazer defense forced numerous turnovers that translated into points.

"I love defense. If I can just shut somebody down, to have them not score or get a rebound, that's my goal," said Smith after the game.

Both big inside players, Johnson and Macchione, combined for 25 points, all coming from inside the paint with the exception of Macchione's lone free throw.

"Our last game, I wasn't making any of my shots. My Dad told me I have to follow through, so I made sure that I did, and the shots fell," explained Albano.

Johnson and Carter each finished with nine rebounds.

Trinity defeated St Ignatius earlier in the week 58-44 in Girls Catholic Athletic Conference play. Macchione had 18 points and nine rebounds. Johnson added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

The Blazers are now 3-1 in the GCAC.

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