Catholic girls surged to an early 6-2 lead in an important area game Friday night with Trinity. But all of that changed after the first few minutes. For the balance of the first half the Wildcats would outscore the Knights 32-3 and from there coasted to an easy 52-25 victory.
Brooke Avant led the Wildcats with 15 points including some excellent 3-pointers. Older sister MacKenzie Avant also contributed beyond the arc. Emma Kate Smith tallied 13 points and garnered 10 assists. Lorren Pharrams led Catholic with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Jamya Henderson chipped in 6 points.
The difference in the contest was easy to see. Catholic committed a whopping 34 turnovers, more than one per minute. It has been the same problem that has plagued the Knights throughout the season. “I don’t know anyway other way to say it, we are not taking care of ball. I know we haven’t played in a while, since Christmas, and maybe that had something to do with it tonight. I know we need to get more games in to gain experience, but the turnovers are still killing us,” Catholic coach Jill Clark said.
Trinity not only had a big night on the scoreboard but a big defensive night as well. The pressure on Catholic was extreme most of the time, especially in the first half. “I really liked our intensity in the first half and we played well early. We play better when we play the up and down the court game and move the ball. I was glad to see our press work so well. I think our players did a great job keeping a choke hold on Catholic,” Trinity coach Blake Smith remarked after the Wildcats win.
What was equally impressive about Trinity is the big reduction the Wildcats made in committing turnovers. Wildcats committed half the turnovers they made the week before in a game with MA. It was comforting to Smith. “We did make a big improvement in that department. We still need to work on that part of our game. When you hold on to the ball you get more shots and tonight I think that help us get more open shots, especially in three point range.”
Trinity goes to 10-6 overall and Catholic slips to 3-6. The Wildcats will face Saint James in area battle next week. The Knights have an area contest with ACA.