After their back-and-forth game went to overtime, the Trinity boys’ basketball team came out with a 67-61 victory over Edmonson County in the first round of the 3rd Region All “A” Classic. The girls’ team fell 68-46 in the opening game of the doubleheader at home on Thursday.
The Raiders (9-6) stepped up their effort in the extra period, making big plays on both ends to get past the Wildcats (7-10). Four players scored in overtime, and a 3-pointer by Joe Brown opened up a lead.
“We were much more aggressive attacking the basket, and my guys moved the ball — and themselves — well to get open shots,” said Trinity head coach Nathan West. “Our defense was also much more disciplined in the overtime. Joe had a great ‘wall-up’ to force an air ball, and Landon Hall made a game-sealing block.”
Trailing 12-10 after the first quarter, the Raiders used 9 points from Hall in the second to take a 33-30 lead at the half. The Wildcats went up by 3 points going into the final frame.
Though they struggled at the line most of the night, Trinity went 8-for-11 at the line in the fourth to force overtime, where Trenton Morris sank the only two free throw attempts by the team.
Trinity will now play Frederick Fraize at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hancock County in the semifinal of the tournament.
Edmonson Co. 12-18-15-11-5–61
Trinity: Landon Hall 18, Brendan Wathen 14, Ethan Howard 11, Trenton Morris 11, Will Edge 7, Joe Brown 5, Devin Rhinerson 1
The Lady Raiders (6-8) got off to a slow start, and they weren’t able to close the gap as the Lady Cats (11-6) hit eight 3-pointers in the contest.
Trinity scored 9 points in each of the first three quarters before closing the game strong with 19 in the fourth.
All seven players scored for the Lady Raiders, with two finishing in double digits. Cassidy Morris had 14, and Nina Wathen scored 13.
Trinity plays again at 6 p.m. Monday at McLean County.
Edmonson Co. 19-21-15-13–68
Trinity: Cassidy Morris 14, Nina Wathen 13, Georgia Howard 5, Morgan Kinsey 6, Josie Aull 5, Hadley Hatfield 2, Katherine Hibbitt 1