Blazers split in back-to-back action

? Team gears up to make run at GCAC tourney.

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

It was a paradox of sorts, Trinity traveling to Wilmette for a make-up game against Regina that was originally cancelled due to a snowstorm, and then the Blazers hosting Thornwood during a snowstorm on the following night. The result was a split for Trinity (15-9).

The road was kinder to the Blazers, as they edged Girls Catholic Athletic Conference rival Regina 52-41 on Thursday, but fell to Thornwood 50-42 at home on Friday.

The game against Regina was a must win for the Blazers in order to put them in good position for the conference tournament that began on Monday.

Both Lykendra Johnson and Katie Jarger had big games for Trinity, contributing 15 points apiece to the winning effort. Jarger had her outside 3-point game going while Johnson complimented with her inside game. Johnson battled her way to 10 rebounds.

"I like games being physical. It's not a problem for me," said Johnson after the game.

For Regina, standout Lauren Schober had 18 points and her teammate Rosie Dorn chipped in 13.

On Friday, Trinity faced Thornwood on its home court. The snow was falling outside, but inside, the Blazers couldn't get their shots to fall. They struggled uncharacteristically from 3-point range. Only Alison Sansone hit a 3-pointer, and it was the only one of the game for the Blazers.

Trinity only enjoyed one brief lead in the first quarter. Soon after, Thornwood went on a 10-0 run to finish the half with a lofty 23-10 lead.

Forced to play catch-up for most of the game, the Blazers struggled to cut the lead. Thornwood maintained a comfortable 10-point lead throughout the third quarter.

Sansone picked things up for Trinity in the fourth, scoring eight quick points. Trinity was able to cut the lead to four points, mostly on the inside game of freshman Amanda Macchione. But the Blazers could not get the basket to fall on some crucial shots and were forced to foul to stop the clock.

Macchione, a freshman, led all scorers on the floor with 15 points. She also hauled down seven rebounds.

"It [was] one of my better games. I don't usually score that high. We played hard tonight, but you can't win them all," said Macchione after the game.

Sansone finished with 13 points. Although disappointed with the loss, the senior commented, "We're coming along. When the GCAC tournament starts, we'll be ready." Johnson had six points, five blocks and seven rebounds for the Blazers.

For Thornwood, scoring was well balanced with four of the starters in double figures. Brittani Nichols had 13 points, Ashanti Walker 12, Veronica Hicks 11, and Cierra Thurman 10.

"Playing back to back is hard after coming off a game that we needed for our conference," said Trinity head coach Don Sansone. "We just came out on the short end."

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