Trinity loses rematch to Whitney Young in Hinsdale South Sectional final

Blazers close terrific season with 25 wins, bright future

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Lauren Recchia

Contributing Reporter

Whitney Young won its highly anticipated rematch against Trinity in the Hinsdale South Sectional championship game of the Class 4A playoffs on Thursday. Although the Blazers edged Whitney Young earlier this season [56-52] in River Forest, Round 2 went the way of the mighty Dolphins, who pulled away for a 58-45 victory.

"It was a battle to say the least," Trinity center/forward Laura Sikora of their rematch with Whitney Young. "We went in thinking we beat [Whitney Young] once, why can't we beat them again?"

The Dolphins had other plans.

Up 29-19 at halftime, Whitney Young went on a 12-3 run early in the third quarter to essentially seal the victory. 6-foot-5-inch Khaalia Hillsman, recorded a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds to pace the victors. Taylor Brame finished with 11 points amnd Tanita Allen contributed 10 points for Whitney Young.

Lauren Prochaska scored 18 points to lead the Trinity (25-6), while teammates Kaitlin Aylward and Annie McKenna netted 14 points and eight points, respectively. The Blazers struggled to keep up offensively with the Dolphins, particularly in the second and third quarters.

"We couldn't focus on the past, we just had to worry about this game and moving forward," Prochaska said. "We knew [Whitney Young] would be a tough team to come back and beat.

"Kaitlin Aylward really started the game up hitting her shots, which was great," said Prochaska, who will play basketball at DePaul next season. "We pushed the ball and started attacking more, but I feel like in the second half we didn't box out as well and let them get too many easy shots."

Whitney Young (29-3) advances to the Hinsdale Central Supersectional, where the Dolphins will clash with Neuqua Valley(28-5).

"In the second half, I felt like we didn't box out as well as we did in the first half," Prochaska said. "We let them get too many easy shots."

In the sectional semifinals at Hinsdale South, Trinity cruised past Kenwood 52-36. McKenna led the Blazers with a game-high 18 points, while Prochaska chipped in 12 points despite turning her ankle in the third quarter. Patricia Stritzel also played well offensively with 15 points, while Sikora pulled down 13 rebounds.

Although the Blazers will lose a few key players to graduation (notably Prochaska), head coach Ed Stritzel welcomes back a ton of talent next season. McKenna, Aylward, Patricia Stritzel and Christine Olijnyk are all expected back next season, as the Blazers will renew their chase for a state championship.

 

Trinity got quite a scare Tuesday in its 52-36 win over Kenwood in the Class 4A Hinsdale South Sectional semifinals.

The cause for concern wasn't the Blazers' opponent, but an ankle injury sustained by star Lauren Prochaska.

The 5-foot-9 DePaul recruit took an awkward step toward the basket in the third quarter and crumpled to the court in pain.

"I don't even know what happened," Prochaska said. "I was just hoping I could get up and walk on it. I've turned my ankle a couple times before and I don't think it's that serious. I just have to get it ready to play on Thursday."

Prochaska (12 points) later returned to the game but only stayed for a minute before exiting and icing her ankle on the sideline.

The game itself was never in doubt. The Blazers (25-5) scored the first 11 points before Kenwood (22-8) finally got on the scoreboard. Trinity led 13-5 after the first quarter and the Broncos would get no closer.

Annie McKenna answered the call when Prochaska hurt her ankle, scoring 10 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.

"Since our leader and captain went down, we needed a leader to step up," McKenna said.

Patricia Stritzel added 15 points for the Blazers while Laura Sikora had 15 rebounds. Sharese Scott had 11 points for Kenwood and Alyssa Moore chipped in 10 points.

Trinity will face Young in the sectional title game on Thursday.

"Our focus will be boxing out so they don't get second-chance points," Prochaska said.

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Trinity got quite a scare Tuesday in its 52-36 win over Kenwood in the Class 4A Hinsdale South Sectional semifinals.

The cause for concern wasn't the Blazers' opponent, but an ankle injury sustained by star Lauren Prochaska.

The 5-foot-9 DePaul recruit took an awkward step toward the basket in the third quarter and crumpled to the court in pain.

"I don't even know what happened," Prochaska said. "I was just hoping I could get up and walk on it. I've turned my ankle a couple times before and I don't think it's that serious. I just have to get it ready to play on Thursday."

Prochaska (12 points) later returned to the game but only stayed for a minute before exiting and icing her ankle on the sideline.

The game itself was never in doubt. The Blazers (25-5) scored the first 11 points before Kenwood (22-8) finally got on the scoreboard. Trinity led 13-5 after the first quarter and the Broncos would get no closer.

Annie McKenna answered the call when Prochaska hurt her ankle, scoring 10 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.

"Since our leader and captain went down, we needed a leader to step up," McKenna said.

Patricia Stritzel added 15 points for the Blazers while Laura Sikora had 15 rebounds. Sharese Scott had 11 points for Kenwood and Alyssa Moore chipped in 10 points.

Trinity will face Young in the sectional title game on Thursday.

"Our focus will be boxing out so they don't get second-chance points," Prochaska said.

- See more at: http://www.highschoolcubenews.com/news_article/show/354002?referrer_id=608534#sthash.Q3quNF17.dpuf

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