Trinity Moves On

Kaitlyn Mullins

After receiving a first round bye, the top seeded Trinity Lady Bulldogs faced off against the Wheatmore Warriors on Wednesday evening. The Lady Warriors defeated the Randleman Tigers on Monday to advance to the semifinal match-up with Trinity.

Wheatmore got off to a quick start as Sabrina Tucker drained a three to give the Warriors an early lead. Trinity started off slow, but picked up their first point from Rachel Hunt at the free throw line. Wheatmore’s Hayley Williams scored to push the Warriors lead out to four, but Trinity’s Hunt would answer on the other end to close the gap to two. The Warriors picked up a bucket from Tucker to take another four point lead this time at 7-3. Jillian Vick scored three points the old fashion way for the Bulldogs as she tied the game at 7 all. Posting up for Trinity was Hunt as she made an easy basket bringing Trinity’s total to 9 points in the first quarter. Finishing out the first quarter was Tucker as she extended the Warriors’ lead. After one quarter of play, the Warriors led 14-9.

Scoring was slow at the start of the second quarter as both teams came out with strong defensive performances. The Warriors would be the first to break the drought as Logan McDaniel scored to extend Wheatmore’s lead. Trinity responding with a 7-0 run to keep things close with the Warriors. Kelli Wagner, Kaitlyn Cox, and Hunt would score during the run for the Bulldogs. The Warriors scored a couple more baskets to keep their lead, but only led by three at the half. Wheatmore ended the second quarter with a 20-17 lead over the Bulldogs.

Wheatmore extended their lead to five off a bucket from McDaniel to start the third quarter, but Trinity’s Hunt made a play to cut the lead to one. Jade Earnhardt scored to give the lead to Bulldogs 23-22. The Bulldogs would extend their lead to three off a bucket from Caitlin Swiggett moments later. Wheatmore would not go away as they tied the game at 25 all off a bucket from Williams. It was a back and forth battle for the rest of the quarter as the Warriors knocked down back to back buckets to give themselves a one point lead. Just before the end of the quarter, Trinity’s Cox scored to put the Bulldogs ahead by one. After three quarters of  play, Trinity led 29-28.

Trinity was the first to score at the start of the fourth quarter as Hunt scored down low. Hunt and Earnhardt scored 6 unanswered, putting the Bulldogs up 34-28. Tucker scored to close the gap to four points for the Warriors and Williams brought the Warriors within one moments later. Trinity held off the pesky Warriors and earned a 41-34 win. Trinity advances to the championship game on Friday where they will face the number two seeded Eastern Randolph Wildcats. Game time is 6:00PM

Top scorers for the Bulldogs were Rachel Hunt with 15 points, Kelli Wagner with 12 points, and Kaitlyn Cox with 6 points. For the Warriors, it was Sabrina Tucker and Hayley Williams both with 11 points and Logan McDaniel helped out with 7 points.

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