By Brad Spencer
The Trinity basketball team's season came to an abrupt end on Wednesday night as Proviso East handed a depleted Blazers squad a 71-64 upset in the semifinal of the Class 4A Riverside-Brookfield Regional.
Plagued by the injury bug for much of the season, Trinity battled through the obstacle with a deep bench but more setbacks came into play as the No. 2 seeded and top 10-ranked Blazers were set to take on the 15th-seeded Pirates (15-13). Six-foot freshman Maryam Wilcher was ruled out due to an ankle injury and starting junior guard Lauren Prochaska was dealing with a severe case of the flu. Prochaska played sparingly in the second half (11 minutes) as Trinity managed to hold a one-point advantage, 51-50, after three quarters.
Led by Da'Tasia Almon, who finished the night with 22 points, Proviso East outscored Trinity 21-13 in the final quarter. Almon connected on five three-pointers in the game.
Loyola-bound Taylor Nazon ended her high school career at Trinity with a game-high 28 points.
"Our loss of four starters [during the season] proved to be too much to overcome," said Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel. "We're very saddened with the outcome. We did the best we could with the hand we were dealt. The bright spot is our youth. We started mostly freshman and sophomores throughout the season."
Trinity, a team that finishes with an overall record of 23-5 on the season, loses just four seniors to graduation in Nazon, Kira Bezak, Mikayla Leyden and Shannon McGinnis.