Trinity girls defeat Wheatmore

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 01:11 AM

All season, the Trinity girls have been building. Finally, they’re starting to see some of the progress.

The Bulldogs established how they wanted to play in building a first-half lead, then executed well down the stretch in beating rival Wheatmore 39-28 Tuesday at Trinity.

“We’re getting there,” Trinity coach Dana Conte said. “... It’s becoming comfortable with what we’re doing and understanding more and more what we’re asking of them. It’s imposing our will.

“A number of games this season, we’ve controlled the tempo and complexion of games and just hadn’t hit shots. Now we’re committing fewer turnovers, and we’re more comfortable.”

Jordan Parker scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-13, 3-3 PAC-6 2A), who lost the previous meeting by nine last month. Casey Davis followed with nine points, while Sage Earnhardt added eight.

Davey Albertson scored 19 points, going 9 of 11 from the free-throw line, while Hayley Williams followed with seven points for the Warriors (10-9, 4-2), who struggled with fouls leading to two foul-outs and a 24-12 deficit in free throws made.

After scoring the final seven points of the first quarter to lead 11-8, Trinity again scored seven straight points midway through the second to lead 20-10 with 1:57 left in the half. Rachel Hunt made two baskets to key the spurt.

Wheatmore did cut it to six midway through the third, but the Bulldogs closed the quarter with sixth straight free throws for its biggest lead of the game, 29-17. Their lead never fell below seven the rest of the way.

“I believe in them. I’ve been telling them since the beginning, and this cements it,” Conte said. “They see it, and it validates it in their eyes. I really saw the light come on against Andrews. So, we’re getting there.”

Both teams play again Wednesday at home, with Trinity playing Southwestern Randolph while Wheatmore hosts Eastern Randolph.