It was a much needed first win of the season for Trinity. The Wildcats defeated Pike Road 51-36 at home Tuesday night. But it was also the first varsity coaching win for 32 year old Matt Arrighi, an assistant to the late Jack Schweers. “This makes me feel good and I am grateful for the opportunity. The guys played great tonight. It was also important that my family was here with me,” the young coach said afterwards.
Trinity held the lead at halftime and expanded it from there. The Wildcats were very effective pressing the Patriots all over the court and Arrighi made frequent substitutions to keep fresh legs on the hardwood.
Trinity’s only senior, Grant Sanderson led all scorers with 19 points. Andrew McNees and Parker Hughes contributed 7 points each in the victory. For Pike Road Kelby Westry led the Patriots with 10 points and Shaun Holmes scored 9 points. Trinity is 1-3 for the season and Pike Road is 1-4.
Even though they lost a big halftime lead in the final quarter, the Trinity girls defeated Pike Road 61-53 with a scoring outbreak in the final minutes. “They played very well even though they scared me when we lost the lead. I told them to stay in front of their opponents all night and they did a good job of that forcing Pike Road to keep the ball outside,” Wildcats coach Blake Smith.
Emma Kate Smith led the Wildcats with 22 points. Mackenzie Avant scored 13 points and Kenslee Harrison contributed 10 points. The Wildcats are now 4-2. Jada Roberts led Pike Road with 17 points. Jahkiah Lewis scored 13 points for the Patriots.