The Dominion Post  

Trinity girls trip Clay-Battelle in sectional, 41-38

Created on:   Tue, Feb 20, 2018   11:53 PM

Last modified:   Tue, Feb 20, 2018   11:53 PM

For The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — A third time was not the charm for Clay-Battelle’s girls’ basketball team Feb. 20. Trinity Christian bested its cross-county foe, 41-38.

The Warriors (11-12), under Mike Baldy, completed the season sweep of the Cee-Bees (15-8), this time in sectional play, despite trailing until 1:36 left in the game.

Down, 38-37, Trinity senior Emily Saurborn sank two free throws to give her team the lead and confidence to complete the come-from-behind victory.

“We just picked up the focus and intensity,” she said. “Even though were down, we felt good. We kept turning them over and scoring off it. I think that’s what won it in the end for us.”

Saurborn, who led all scorers with 17, to go with four rebounds and a pair of steals, said only one thing went through her mind at the charity stripe.

“Just finish it,” she said. “Had a little bit of nerves, but just to finish it.”

Trinity trailed by seven in the contest, but was able to chip away at the lead by forcing Clay-Battelle into eight turnovers — three in the final quarter.

“Of all the things we did tonight, we played our hearts out,” Baldy said. “I liked our intensity all game. We told a couple of the girls they had a little more freedom to shoot. Emily was one, and she made some unconventional shots that saved us, really. She was huge for us.”

For the Cee-Bees, head coach David Joyce talked about his team’s performance and how replacing his two seniors, Abbey Ammons and Haley Barr, will be no easy feat moving into the offseason.

“Trinity worked hard tonight and put enough pressure on us late to get us a little skittish around the basket. They hustled every minute,” he said. “As for Abbey and Haley, more than anything else, they’re fantastic kids. Great ballplayers. There’s going to be a big void to fill next year. It will be like losing four players with those two.”

Ammons finished her night with five points, eight rebounds, three steals and block. Barr led her team with 14 points, two rebounds and two steals.

Trinity advances to the Region 2 Section 1 finals and will travel to Notre Dame on Thursday.