Fourth quarter woes douse Blazers

Team goes toe-to-toe with top-ranked Bolingbrook for first three quarters

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

Trinity's first loss of the season came at the hands of top-ranked Bolingbrook on Saturday. Foul trouble, poor free-throw shooting, and 22 turnovers led to a 64-49 loss for the Blazers, who have been ranked as high as seventh in the state.

The second-ranked Raiders jumped on a 7-0 run to close out the first quarter up 18-9, while Trinity's Lykendra Johnson and Amanda Macchione were moored down with early fouls.

The Blazers (8-1) received a lift halfway through the second quarter when Marché Smith hit two successive three-pointers followed by another three by Jackie Marzullo to propel their team to an 11-0 run and take the lead, 20-19. It was neck and neck after that with Bolingbrook holding the edge at 24-23 at the break.

"We played for three quarters right with them. We have some young players, and Lykendra getting in foul trouble always hurts us. When you play a team like this you have to make your open layups, you have to make your free throws. You have to do all the little things right to win the game," said Trinity coach Don Sansone. "We didn't do that tonight. We missed some layups. We're going to go back to practice. This is a great evaluator for us. They're the best team around. It really lets you know what you need to work on."

Trinity took the lead early in the third, but the Raiders roared back. The Blazers were able to tie it at 32-32 on another three by Smith, but a three-pointer by Samantha Woods (her first bucket of the evening) put Bolingbrook ahead for good. The third quarter ended with the Raiders up by six.

Johnson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth.

Smith, who also fouled out, chipped in 11 points.

"This game tonight taught us a lesson on how to prepare for our other games. We just have to come out and play hard every game," said Johnson.

"It was a tough game. They are number one. Watching them play, they deserve the number 1 (ranking), but we'll play them again downstate," said a determined Smith after the game.

Brittney Thomas of Bolingbrook led all scorers with 18 points, while Mauvolyene Adams added 16. Samantha Woods, who produced all of her scoring in the second half, finished with nine points.

Trinity, who trounced Queen of Peace 64-32 on Thursday to go up 2-0 in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (Red), hosts Benet tonight (7:30 p.m.) and Loyola on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).

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