Near dead-on free-throw accuracy by senior Alison Sansone led Trinity to three straight wins last week, including a 63-43 victory over eighth-ranked Resurrection.
Sansone racked up 20 points, including 11 of 12 free throws, to lead the sizzling Blazers (6-2, 1-0) past Resurrection in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (Red) opener on Saturday. Sansone, who has made 32 of 34 free throws in the last three games, hit two in the closing seconds to help the Blazers edge sixth-ranked Bolingbrook 46-45 on Nov. 30. She sunk 9 of 10 shots from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter of Trinity's 66-58 win over St. Viator on Thursday night.
Sansone led all scorers with 20 points in the win over Resurrection. Lakendra Johnson added 12 points for the Blazers.
The final score made it look like a cake-walk, but the opening of the game had little indication of what was to come. Resurrection came on strong, scoring eight unanswered points. Trinity got its offense going with junior guard Kathleen Pawlowski scoring the team's first five points. By halftime Trinity commanded a comfortable 13-point lead with Resurrection looking flat on their home court.
The Bandits took the ball out of bounds to start the second half, but they were still looking for their game. The Blazers, on the other hand, had no trouble finding theirs as Katie Jarger hit a 3-pointer that was soon followed by a bucket by Toni Carter. By the end of the third quarter, Trinity was up 50-30 and the Bandits were shaking their heads.
The fourth quarter was peppered with two technical fouls called on Resurrection as the frustration over trying to catch the Blazers continued to grow. One of them was called on Kristi Cirone, after the top player for Resurrection was called for her fifth foul, sending her to the bench. Sansone capitalized on the technicals by making both. When asked about her near perfect free throw shooting ability she said with a smile, "We just keep practicing them, and then we come out here and shoot them like we do in practice.
"We knew that [Resurrection] was going to be a hard team because they have a lot of good guards. We worked hard in practice and prepared for this game and came out with a win."
Trinity also got big games out of Pawlowski, who finished with nine points. For Resurrection, Kristi Cirone had 15 points with her teammate, Kelly Monaco, not far behind with 14 points.
"We had a couple injuries early on. We had three of our starters hurt in our Thanksgiving tournament in Quincy. We struggled, but it gave some of the bench confidence to play in those games," said Trinity head coach Don Sansone of his team's upset over two ranked teams. "We knew that come December our schedule was the tough part of our season. We started off very well beating the sixth-ranked Bolingbrook and now the eighth-ranked Resurrection."
Trinity faced probably its toughest challenge of the season against No. 1-ranked Fenwick (7 - 0) on Tuesday night (after press time).