Trinity tames Tigers with rout

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By CYNTHIA WHITE

Trinity had no trouble dispatching its first round opponent in the River Forest Regional on Monday night. The Blazers crushed Elmwood Park 60-24.

"Everyone played good tonight. There's not much you can say about a game like this," said Trinity head coach Don Sansone after the blowout. "Our starters got us a big lead and our bench players continued to expand on it. It's just what we have been preparing for. It's a good showing for us in the first game."

Trinity (18-10) controlled things from the tip-off, even shutting out the Tigers 22-0 in the first quarter and 32-0 in the first half. Sansone sat his starters shortly thereafter.

"We want to keep winning. We want to go downstate," declared Lykendra Johnson, who scored eight points and hauled down seven rebounds in the first half.

Elmwood Park hit its first basket, a 3-pointer, in the third quarter. Rebecca Brend finished with 10 points for the Tigers while teammate Kristina Rodriguez eventually hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine points for the night.

Trinity senior Rachel Blonski made the most of her playing time, scoring six points.

"It felt good to be out there. It gave me a chance to show my good effort and all my hard work in practice," she said.

Kasey Twine had a solid game for the Blazers. The junior center finished with a game high 11 points and eight rebounds.

"It's all thanks to practice and teamwork," said Twine of her team's dismantling of Elmwood Park.

Freshman Erica Cross finished with seven points for the Blazers.

"I just tried to do my best today," said Cross.

Kelly O'Brien went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and hit a three to finish with six points.

The Blazers will take on Proviso West, who crushed Leyden 67-40 in the second game. A win would take them to the Lyons Sectional on Feb. 22 to face the winner of the OPRF Regional.

In the IHSA 3-point shootout competition before the game, Tonesha Members, Gina Consiglio and Katie Jarger all advanced to the next round.

Thur., Feb. 17

Game 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Trinity vs.
Proviso West

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