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Warriors drop another heart-breaker

MORGANTOWN — For the second night in a row, the Trinity Christian girls watched a double-digit lead evaporate in the second half and lost by one in the waning seconds. On Friday it was a 49-48 loss to Charleston Catholic, Saturday night it was a 50-49 loss to Ravenswood in the final game of the inaugural Vision Homes Invitational.

“Tonight’s loss stinks because it’s happened twice in a row,” Trinity coach Mike Baldy said. 

Trailing 49-47 in the final seconds, Ravenswood’s Emily Wratchford beat Trinity’s full-court press, dribbled unabated the length of the court and hit a layup while also drawing a blocking foul. Wartchford converted the three-point play with less than four seconds to play to give the Devilettes (2-1) the one-point win.

“It’s the same mistakes over and over,” Baldy said. “We’re talking about growth with the kids, we need to see some growth and between last night and tonight, there was no growth. The same things got us and it stinks.”

The Warriors (2-3) led 32-22 at halftime and 41-30 partway through the third quarter, but the Devilettes put together a 16-3 run late, capped off by a floater from Hadleigh McGoskey that gave them a 46-44 lead with just over a minute to play.

McGoskey was lights out for Ravenswood, pouring in a game-high 28 points while hitting 8-of-10 shots from the line and a pair of treys. Wratchford finished second with 14 for the Devilettes.

Trinity jumped out to its halftime lead on the back of timely outside shooting, hitting four times from range in the first half. The Warriors then made just one three-pointer after the break and only one field goal in total in the fourth quarter.

“They were messing with us with their matchup zone,” Baldy explained. “We tried a few adjustments but my adjustments weren’t any good and the girls were panicking a little bit. They were catching the ball and freezing, afraid of making a mistake. It’s an early-season thing that happens, we’re going to break that trend as the season goes on.”

Trinity junior Jenna Barnett played her best in the fourth quarter, grabbing a steal and making a layup when trailing 48-46 to tie the game at 48-48. She then drew a charge call on the defensive end and hit two free throws for a 48-46 lead with 18 seconds left. She finished with a team-high 21 points while Kaylee Wimer score 10 and Abigail Fisher, Ella Rose Lynch and Sucora Brown all had six.

Trinity returns to the hardwood next Friday for a home girls/boys doubleheader against Notre Dame.

Ravenswood 50, Trinity 49

R 11 11 17 11 — 50

TC 18 14 11 6 — 49

Ravenswood — Wratchford 5 4-6 14; Mosser 2 0-0 5; McGoskey 9 8-10 28; Maxson 0 1-3 1; Adams 1 0-2 2.

TC — Fisher 3 0-2 6; Wimer 4 0-0 10; Lynch 2 0-0 6; Brown 2 2-5 6; Barnett 7 6-7 21.

3 Pt. Goals — Ravenswood 3 (McGoskey 2, Mosser 1). Trinity 5 (Wimer 2, Lynch 2, Barnett 1).

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