It wasn't the prettiest win, but Trinity came away with the "W" against Riverside-Brookfield, 58-44, on Feb. 22 in the semifinal of the Lyons Sectional. The Blazers eventually lost to Fenwick, 69-62, in the title game on Thursday (see article on back page).
"We didn't have a great shooting night at all, but a mark of our team is that we are able to do other things to win the game," said Trinity head coach Don Sansone after the win over RB.
Both teams started off the game with poor shooting. Trinity could only muster two baskets, while the Bulldogs were not far behind with three, but they had a 3-pointer to lead 7-4 at the end of the first.
Late in the first half, Tonesha Members' play off the bench tied the game at 13. Katie Jarger (sans one contact lens lost on an earlier play) hit a 3-pointer to give the Blazers their first lead of the game
The Bulldogs soon answered with a 3-pointer of their own at the buzzer, and the game was tied at 18 at the half.
While the Blazers' shooting was off in the first half, Lykendra Johnson was pulling down rebounds. She had 11 rebounds and six points by the break.
In the second half, both teams traded baskets battling to another tie at 27-27. Trinity then went on a 6-0 run. But the Bulldogs pulled within two early in the fourth quarter.
Sharpshooter Alison Sansone made 10 of 12 shots from the free-throw line and finished the game with 13 points--all of which came in the second half.
"We knew this was a big game. We came out flat but we knew we had to pick it up. It all came together in the second half," said Alison Sansone after the game.
Johnson finished with a double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds. She also had four blocks.
"I've got to keep my team on top, so I had the boards this game," said Johnson.
Jarger contributed 11 points with the help of a borrowed contact lens from a teammate. After being out most of the season with a back injury, Toni Carter was solid with 10 points and nine rebounds
"It felt wonderful to be on the court. I came out there thinking 'This could be my last game,' and it only felt like my first," said Carter after the game.
RB's Maggie McCloskey led all scorers on the floor with 18 points while teammate Meghan Hutchens chipped in 16.