Trinity boys hold off Ledford

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 10:49 PM

Things didn’t exactly go perfectly for the Trinity boys. But, when they needed to, they made the necessary plays to come away with a 54-29 win Wednesday at Ledford.

After their lead dwindled to three early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored 12 of the final 14 points of the quarter to rebuild their double-digit lead and stave off the Panthers. They then scored the first eight of the fourth to push their lead to 21, where it hovered for the rest of the game.

“About halfway through the second quarter and into the third, we just couldn’t make a shot,” Trinity coach Tim Kelly said. “Their defense had a lot to do with that. We were getting some good looks but just couldn’t finish and made some poor decisions. But our defense carried us. ...

“We really work hard on defense. We probably spend 75 percent of our time on defense. So, we’re happy with the win. Just like every coach probably says at this time of year, it’s a work in progress. We’re finding what we do well and trying some different things.”

Brandon Earnhardt scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (7-0), who led 10-2 in the early moments of the game and 26-19 at halftime, followed by Jarrod Rogers with 11 points, including six in the fourth quarter, and David Newcomer with 10 points and eight rebounds.

“Our shots weren’t really falling the whole game, so we looked to drive more and get more easy shots,” said Earnhardt, a senior guard. “We have room for improvement, but we’re playing pretty well. We take pride in our defense and we play team ball.”

Ledford, after battling back within 26-23 early in the third, scored only six points for the rest of the game, struggling with missed shots and turnovers while Trinity steadily pulled away. Dillon Pierce was the lone scorer in double figures for the Panthers (4-3) with 16 points.

“We did fight hard, but Trinity is a very good team,” Ledford coach Jonathan Leonard said. “They’re the best team we’ve played so far. I told my guys: We can’t have turnovers, and defensively we have to be sound. Well, we had a bunch of turnovers and there were times were we played really good defense.

“But as soon as we let up that one second, we lose sight of our man or we lose sight of the ball and they finish. And that’s what good teams do — easy layups and knock down that outside 3. Scoring 29 points, we have to be able to score the ball. Right now, we’re not finishing, our motion’s out of synch. That’s something we’ve got to work on.”

The Panthers will host county rival East Davidson on Friday, and then Ledford and Trinity will play again Monday at Trinity.