The song that blasted through the speakers at the Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility in River Forest on Saturday afternoon as Trinity basketball’s non-conference game against Bolingbrook came to a conclusion was appropriate for the occasion: “Cold as Ice.”

The tune defined the Blazers’ 70-40 loss to the Class AA defending state champ Raiders, who took advantage of their opponent’s cold shooting (13-of-30 field goals, first three quarters) and poor ball handling (17 turnovers in the game). Unyielding defense by the Raiders was also a factor in Trinity’s downfall, as star player Lykendra Johnson was held to just two points in the first half and only 11 total for the game.

Bolingbrook (7-1) jumped off to a 15-8 lead in the first period and built the advantage to 13 points by halftime at 30-17. The Blazers sparked briefly early in the third period thanks to Johnson and her eight points, but the Michigan State-bound senior went cold from there, not taking a shot the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, Bolingbrook’s Samantha Woods and Miranda Tate ignited. Tate’s eight points led to a 10-0 run to put the game out of hand by the fourth. Woods and Tate eventually finished with 20 points apiece.

“Bolingbrook is an exceptional team, there’s no question there,” said Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel. “But Lykendra had been out for an extensive amount of time and her timing just wasn’t there. We set things up so she could hopefully find her rhythm early, but that just didn’t work out. In the end, the lack of boxing out and the turnovers killed us.”

Stritzel took part of the blame for the blowout. “Preparation is my department and we scouted Bolingbrook extensively, but the team wasn’t ready. And then in that third quarter with us on a bit of a run, down six or seven at one point, I wasted a timeout. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have done that, so that’s on me.

“I’m a realist, it wasn’t a seven-point loss and it wasn’t a 30-point loss. Things just spiraled out of control at the end. Hopefully, we can correct things and get back on track.”

The Blazers (7-3) hit the road tonight (Wednesday) for a game at Benet, and then travel to Loyola Dec. 19 to take on the Ramblers.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...