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Trinity girls earn berth in state hoops tourney

Created on:   Wed, Feb 28, 2018   11:43 PM

Last modified:   Wed, Feb 28, 2018   11:43 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — The spark is back for Trinity Christian.

The Warriors, who opened the year 6-1 before stumbling to a 3-11 record in their last 14 regular-season games, returned to the land of the living as the postseason began.

They tallied three straight wins in the sectional tournament and added a fourth Feb. 28, a 44-24 victory over Moorefield, in the WVSSAC Class A Region II girls’ basketball championship.

The win advances Trinity to the Class A state tournament, in Charleston, next week.

“It’s just incredible,” Trinity head coach Mike Baldy said. “I’m really happy for the girls.”

For many of the girls at Trinity, it’s a milestone that they’ve chased since the day they stepped foot in the locker room and donned a varsity jersey for the Warriors

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. I’ve always wanted to go to the state tournament and play at the Civic Center,” said junior Reagan Sharp, who paced Trinity with 19 points on the night. “It’s great to do it with this group of girls.”

The Warriors sealed the game on the defensive end, attacking Moorefield relentlessly every time the Yellow Jackets possessed the ball.

“Defense had to be a big part,” Sharp said. “We knew coming in if we wanted to win this game, we had to keep them from scoring.”

The intense defensive effort stifled Moorefield’s shooting efforts, as the Yellow Jackets converted only seven shots from the field and limped to a 10-point first half.

“We played good defense. That’s what was exciting,” Baldy said. “This season, when we sputtered a little in the middle, we weren’t defending well, and now we’re defending well again and we won the region.”

It’s a large turnaround from the last time the two opponents met, when Moorefield lit up the scoreboard with a 52-point performance and handed the Warriors a loss.

“We tried to get fancy last time. We ran a box and one on (Lindsay) Rinker, because we really respect her as a player,” Baldy said. “This time we said we can match up and we’re going to go play five-on-five man-to-man, and that’s what we did.”

Trinity struggled offensively early on as well, tallying just four points in the second quarter en route to a 14-point first half.

“We started off a little slow, but we played excellent defense in the first half, and in the second half our shots really started falling for us,” Sharp said. “Everyone came together and we played as a team.”

The win came in front a roaring home crowd for Trinity, as the community turned out en masse to support the team.

“It’s amazing, our community comes out and supports us so much. We had the majority of the school here and it really makes a difference,” Sharp said. “The crowd can be a factor in the game.”

“We have great support at Trinity,” Baldy added. “When I came here, I knew how it was a special place.”

The Warriors are seeded seventh in the state tournament, and will open play in Charleston against Wheeling Central Catholic. Tip-off is scheduled for
1 p.m. March 8, at the Charleston Civic Center.