Trinity girls hang on in overtime

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 03:00 AM

After surviving a strong comeback to force overtime, the Trinity girls finally put archrival Wheatmore away.

The Bulldogs scored 11 points in overtime — all from the free-throw line — to outlast the Warriors down the stretch and win 47-42 on Tuesday at Trinity.

"I'm happy for the kids. They played their hearts out," Trinity coach Shannon Edwards said. "All the conditioning they do in practice, all the attention to detail in practice and they came out with a great win tonight."

The Bulldogs (6-8, 2-0 PAC-6 2A) led 20-12 at halftime, but the Warriors (5-10, 1-1) rallied from a four-point deficit with 27.9 seconds left, tying it 36-36 on Casey Hawkins' free throw with 3.1 seconds left.

Trinity, however, scored the first nine points of overtime — all on free throws by Sage Earnhardt and Jordan Parker — as fouls caught up with Wheatmore, who had five players foul out and finished with four players on the court, in the final moments.

"We got momentum in overtime," Edwards said. "I told them to stay aggressive, make them foul you, let's win it at the line and let's close the deal. So, we were more aggressive on the boards and did the little things like I continue to preach to the young ladies: box out, rebound, make your free throws and layups.

"After (Wheatmore) missed a shot (to win in regulation), I told the girls, 'You have a second chance,'" he said. "'In life, a lot of times, you don't get a second chance. So, what are you going to do with it and who wants it more?' So, they took advantage of their second opportunity."

Parker scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs followed by Earnhardt with 14 and Angelica Conroy with eight. Taylor Walker scored 17 points while Kylie Welborn followed with eight to help lead the Warriors.

"I thought we started out strong, but during the second quarter we started to rush our offense a bit and Trinity got the momentum," Wheatmore coach Nicole Clausi said. "We put ourselves in a hole to crawl out of. Second half, we did that and got ourselves back in it, and I'm proud of the girls for fighting back.

"I don't think we had to be down to fight back. But I can't say I'm not proud of them for fighting back. ... I've never had two girls foul out in one game, so to have five foul out is a good, full night," she continued. "Defensively, I thought we played strong. But when you have that much foul trouble with so many girls, it's hard to tell them to get after it.

"They were in the one-and-one in the third quarter. So, in trying to come back in the fourth, we fouled them to stop the clock. And they're a great foul-shooting team. Every single time we put them on the foul line, they made them. So, it's hard to bring yourself back from that." 

Trinity plays again today at Andrews while Wheatmore plays Friday at home against Randleman.