Blazers take apart Resurrection at home

Johnson and freshman Albano combine to score 30 points

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

Trinity pushed its undefeated record to seven games with a 70-47 pasting of Girls Catholic Athletic Conference foe Resurrection on Saturday night in River Forest.

Fresh off a nail-biting win over Proviso East, the Blazers trounced the Bandits in their first home game of the season.

Trinity hit a brief dry spell in the first quarter while the Bandits chalked up their first seven points at the free-throw line. The quarter ended in a tie at 13-13. Early in the second quarter Trinity led 17-13, when Gina Consiglio came off the bench. Consiglio's quick four points sparked her team into a series of mini runs that helped put the game out of reach.

"We knew it was a big game for us," said Consiglio. "We wanted to come out strong and stay strong throughout the whole game."

Trinity confidently headed into the locker room at the half leading 34-23.

Trinity started the second half with Lykendra Johnson and Monica Albano hitting baskets at will as the Blazers pushed their lead to 20 by the end of the third quarter. All 12 Trinity players played and contributed in the lopsided victory. The Blazers defense hounded the 17th-ranked Bandits all night.

Kelly Monaco provided most of Resurrection's offense, to lead all players on the floor with 23 points.

Trinity had a well-rounded attack with both Johnson and Albano scoring 15 points apiece.

"That has to be my role this year to step up and be a leader," said Johnson when asked about her presence on the court.

The freshman, Albano, is also making her presence felt on the court. The guard said she shrugged off any home-opening jitters.

"I just felt good. It's like any other game. We had moved up a ranking, so we wanted to prove to everybody that we could do it."

Consiglio finished with eight points and Amanda Macchione chipped in seven for the Blazers. Marche Smith and Kelly O'Brien each had two threes to finish with six points apiece. On the boards, Johnson and Macchione had six each.

Trinity Coach Don Sansone was pleased with the win and the depth of his bench.

"Just about everyone scored tonight. That is one of our strengths. We have a lot of kids that come in and do things," he said.

This Saturday Trinity faces Bolingbrook (2 p.m.), who is ranked No. 1 in some newspapers. Also on the horizon are highly ranked teams such as Benet, Loyola and Regina.

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