Opening Night Woes, Lady Warriors Fall To Trinity
Since James Naismith hung the first peach basket in 1891 and called the game basketball, the format for winning has not changed all that much.
The game is still based on defense, rebounding and running the floor. LaGrange Academy got a refresher course on that on Tuesday night in the Lady Warriors 69-10 defeat to Trinity Christian School. LaGrange Academy was unnerved and out of sorts in the basketball blowout at the Warrior Gymnasium.
“We need (more) practice. We need defense. This was just our first game,” said Leah Major, the 5-foot-6 junior guard for the Lady Warriors.
LaGrange Academy is still looking to win its fair share of games this season, but the Lady Warriors aren’t going to do it playing like they did against Trinity Christian, the team from Sharpsburg.
“We turned the ball over, and we didn’t execute our offense. We got flustered by their pressure, but we’re going to get better. Trinity got after us pretty good,” said Lady Warriors Head Coach Mike Petite.
LaGrange Academy turned the ball over 37 times. The Lady Warriors (0-1) also did not block out for rebounds. Trinity Christian crashed the glass for 25 boards. Freshman guard Catherine Skebo led the Lady Lions with seven rebounds. She also scored 20 points.
Trinity Christian (1-0) also got 12 points and 10 steals from Abby Bragg, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard. The balanced Lady Lion attack also included nine points from Morgan Charboneau, eight points from 6-foot Vannah Mobley, and six points each from Heather Long and junior guard Celine Paul.
“We hit the offensive boards. We wanted to get every rebound. Our defense put pressure on the ball, and we’re a lot more athletic than last year,” said Lady Lions Head Coach Brian Long.
Trinity Christian put an early spin on the game with a 100 lead, thanks to Paul, Long and Mobley. They were stealing the ball,rebounding and beating the Lady Warriors down the floor on the fastbreak.
LaGrange Academy did not get into the scoring column until the 3:39 mark of the first period on Leah Major’s field goal from three-point land. The Lady Warriors were on the short end of a 10-3 score. Trinity Christian went on to lead 18-3 in the first quarter.
The Lady Lions also stretched their lead to 37-7 in the second period. LaGrange Academy junior guard Laney Anderson did drain two field goals in the quarter. But Trinity Christian outscored the Lady Warriors, 19-4 in the second quarter.
The second half had a Trinity Christian flavor, too. The only points scored by the Lady Warriors in the third quarter came on Leah Major’s three free throws with 3:21 left. Major finished the game with six points. Anderson tallied four points for LaGrange Academy.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer