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Baldy turns into Warriors’ winningest coach as Trinity tops Liberty 73-52

MORGANTOWN — They’ve been enjoying women’ basketball at Trinity Christian Faculty because the late Nineties and now there’s one title on prime of the all-time teaching wins record.

In his ninth season on the helm of the Warriors, Mike Baldy is now the college’s all-time winningest coach as Trinity beat visiting Liberty 73-52 on Thursday evening. He now has 105 victories as the pinnacle coach of TCS.

Baldy, who was employed as the women’ coach by former TCS athletic director and coach Cary Woods, mentioned it was particular to surpass his mentor.

“He’s the man that employed me,” Baldy mentioned. “He’s only a man I look as much as as an individual and as a coach, so it’s good to be in that very same dialog as him. I’ll say that Woodsie did it in means much less years – his successful share is means greater than mine.”

Trinity earned the victory because of its two seniors, Jenna Barnett, and Ella Rose Lynch, as every of them took turns carrying the scoring burden.

The Warriors (3-3) ended a three-game skid as they jumped out to a 16-0 lead that noticed Barnett rating the primary 11 factors all by herself. She hit her first 4 photographs and completed with 14 factors within the contest. Barnett additionally added 11 rebounds and 5 assists.

These video game-like numbers allowed Baldy to chill out a lot of the second half as Trinity constructed a 41-16 halftime lead.

“Jenna and Ella began as freshmen with a category of 9 and now they’re the one ones left from that class,” Baldy mentioned. “Jenna and Ella work so properly collectively. Ella runs in transition and Jenna finds her or if Jenna misses a shot, Ella is there to get a second-chance level. It’s a very good factor to have two seniors like that.”

Lynch picked up the scoring within the second quarter as she scored eight factors within the body and completed with a career-high 21 factors.

“Coach is the very best coach, I really like him,” Lynch mentioned. “He’s laborious on us when he must be, however he additionally simply lets us run free and his performs are so properly drawn up towards each single group. His presses, his offense is simply all excellent.”

Lynch completed with 5 3-pointers within the contest after lacking two early tries from distance within the first quarter.

“I used to be just a little bit upset with myself at halftime,” Lynch mentioned. “I’m a shooter and I’ve to only let it fly and it was simply flying, and my teammates had been in search of me.”

Particularly Barnett who mentioned she and Lynch have a particular connection.

“I just about know the place she goes to be on a regular basis,” Barnett mentioned. “We’ve grown up collectively. I’ve been with Ella since center faculty, and we’re actually shut pals on and off the courtroom.”

The Warriors pushed their result in 31 factors early within the third quarter earlier than letting off the gasoline to shut the sport.

Freshman Peyton Moore added 11 factors and 10 rebounds for Trinity who returns to motion right this moment when it hosts Notre Dame.

Emma Elliott led the Mountaineers (0-6) with 26 factors and 16 rebounds whereas Gabryella Forman scored 15 as she hit 5 3-pointers.

BOX SCORE
Trinity 77, Liberty 52
              1            2            3            4            F
LHS        7            9            22          14          52
TCS        22          19          25          11          77
LHS – Travelstead 2 0-0 4, Thompson 1 2-2 4, Forman 5 0-0 15, Elliott 9 8-10 26, Ritter 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 11-14 52.
TCS – Barnett 6 1-4 14, Blake 2 1-2 7, Lynch 8 0-0 21, Flecker 1 0-0 2, Moore 3 5-6 11, Williams 3 0-0 6, Conn 1 6-8 8, Deal 1 0-0 3, Hopkins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 13-20 77.
3-Pointers – LHS: Forman 5. TCS: Barnett 4, Blake 2, Lynch 5, Deal.

By ERIC HERTER