Trinity Collegiate sweeps Charleston
By Don Gearhart
Remember the Titans! The Northwood Academy Chargers would rather forget as both their girls and boys basketball teams had to make the long trip back to Charleston in defeat.
The Lady Titans opened up the contest on the strength of a 19-5 first period with Saleese Kind contributing six points and a total of four three-points shots from Kind, Kenzie Feagin, Tatiana Williamson, and Yaya Teasley.
The Chargers used a motivating speech from their coach and came out on fire in the second stanza reeling off ten straight points to close the to 19-15. But a trifecta from Williamson, a steal from Feagin and then a three-pointer from Feagin at the buzzer enabled the Lady Titans to carry a 28-16 into the locker room.
The game stayed relatively close in the third period with Williamson connecting on two from downtown along with a three-point shot from Azaria Knox and two free throws from Kind. The Chargers kept pace thanks to seven points from Asten Wyndham and six from Virginia Byrd. The 39-28 score at the end of the period still was in favor of Trinity Collegiate.
The closest the Chargers got in the final period was within ten points at 40-30. Trinity largest lead during the period was 48-31. Williamson collected three trifectas in the period and finished the game with 21 points, all coming from seven shots beyond the arc. Hind was in support with 13 points and both Knox and Feagin chipped in with eight points apiece in the 55-41 victory. Wyndham led the Chargers with 15 points.
The Titan boys established themselves early in the first quarter with Michael Gregory putting up seven points, Christian Miles and Jae Thomas each collecting six points to enable Trinity to gain a 25-11 advantage.
The Chargers cut that 14-point margin by two in the second quarter which showed a lot less scoring from both teams. Courtland Brunson, Wesly Wright, Jaden Gerald and Gregory each scored baskets for the Titans with Jai Thomas and Jae Thomas each contributing a free throw. The Chargers were led by Eric Justin Campbell with five points as Trinity headed into halftime with a 35-23 score in their favor.
The lead increased to 17 in the third period as Trinity had a much more balanced scoring from their squad. The Chargers struggled to score and with a deficit, began launching three-point shots in an attempt to catch up. The score after three periods stood at 48-31.
Trinity substituted freely in the final period but their lead only increased with the bench players enjoying the opportunity for playing time. The Chargers simply ran out of gas and scored only four points in that period.
Jae Thomas led the Titans with 12 points with Gregory scoring in double figures with 11. Jai Thomas and Gerald had eight points, Wright had seven, and Miles and Brunson each tallied six points. Christian Grey led the Chargers with ten points.