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Sauborn, Sharp pace Warriors to sectional win

Created on:   Mon, Feb 19, 2018   10:37 PM

Last modified:   Mon, Feb 19, 2018   10:37 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — When Trinity Christian girls’ basketball head coach Mike Baldy told senior Emily Saurborn he wanted to see more shots, she didn’t hesitate.

Saurborn peppered visiting South Harrison with five three-pointers and 26 points to lead the second-seeded Warriors past the Hawks, 73-51, on Feb. 19, in the first round of the sectional tournament.

“We told Emily and Regan (Sharp) that we wanted them to shoot a little more. We wanted to take the reins off of them and let them shoot,” Baldy said. “They did that, and I thought the shot selection was good. Emily hit five threes, and that was a high point for us.”

Saurborn and Sharp combined for 48 points on the night, pacing the Trinity offense. Sharp also added eight steals and eight assists to the stat sheet.

“It was a sloppy game, but we came in and we got the win, and that’s all the matters,” Saurborn said.

However, defense was the name of the game for the Warriors, as they smothered the Hawks with pressure defense from buzzer-to-buzzer, forcing numerous turnovers and opening up the fast break and opportunities for baskets in transition.

“We struggle in the half-court offense, so we know we have to create some turnovers to score. To say that’s been a focus is to say the least,” Baldy said. “We were really focused on forcing them to turn things over and trying to score. It meant everything; a big chunk of our points came off turnovers.”

Baldy noted that his squad made adjustments to their fast break offense coming in to the match-up, he was ecstatic with the results.

“We ran our break well. We changed up our fast break a little bit, and I thought we did a nice job with that and getting the ball in the corner,” Baldy said.

Another highlight for the Warriors was the post play of junior Rachel Rosen, who recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Using her length against an undersized South Harrison lineup, Rosen was able to crash the boards and cause havoc in the paint all night.

“I had a little bit of an advantage today because they didn’t have anyone that was too tall,” said Rosen. “It made it a little easier to practice with my post moves and get the ball to the rim.”

The win advances the Warriors to the sectional semifinal round, where they will host third-seeded Clay-Battelle, at 7 p.m. today.

“We’re expecting to see a triangle-and-two, and we have some things we’ve practiced for that,” Baldy said. “Mainly, we know against Clay-Battelle we’ve got to play good defense, and they’re going to play good defense against us.”