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Sharp sizzles with 37 points in TCS girls’ 71-39 win

Created on:   Fri, Dec 1, 2017   12:15 AM

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MORGANTOWN —The season opener for the Trinity girls’ basketball team went exactly as planned Nov. 30.

Up against Calhoun County, the Warriors’ five returning starters lit up the scoreboard, building a 41-point lead early in the fourth quarter on the way to a 71-39 win over the Red Devils.

“Our starting five is in mid-season form,” Trinity head coach Mike Baldy said. “I’m pleased with the way we played. We have to build some depth, but the starting five is looking good.”

One player in particular shone brightest for Baldy’s crew: Reagan Sharp. The junior scored 26 of her 37 points in the first half, including a stretch where she accounted for 22 of 30 Trinity points from mid-first quarter to halftime.

Put simply, Sharp did it all — splitting double-teams, weaving her way through traffic en route to the rim, spotting up for a 3 and scoring off the boards. The junior recorded seven rebounds and six steals along with a 6-0 assist-toturnover ratio.

“With the ball, she’s as good as she gets,” Baldy said. “I’ve always talked about the need for her to play better defense. It is better, and that makes a world of difference. She scored 37 and probably created another 20 with her defense.”

Sharp provided a spark for the Warriors right out of the gate. After Calhoun scored the game’s first points, Trinity responded with a 14-2 run and never looked back. Sharp hit the second of two early 3-pointers, the other coming from Emily Saurborn.

Saurborn capped the run with back-to-back buckets, the last another 3. The lone senior contributed 18 points on the evening, including a game-high four makes from beyond the arch.

Trinity built its lead to 25 points by halftime and would only continue to add to it out of the break. Once again, a big run for the Warriors got going thanks to great play from Sharp.

The home team opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run, with the junior scoring six of those 10 points and setting up Kaylie Laskody for two more.

The Warriors’ advantage ballooned even more in the fourth quarter, as Sharp scored five of the team’s seven points to start the frame. She found Laskody again for the other two points in that spurt.

Later, two Saurborn free throws would give Trinity its largest lead of the night, 69-28.

Calhoun County was led in scoring by Katie Jones (13 points) and Carissa Yoak (10).