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Barnett reaches 1,000 profession factors as Trinity wins season-opener 73-50

MORGANTOWN — The Trinity Christian ladies’ basketball season opened with a win excessive on the hill on Thursday evening in Sabraton.

The Warriors (1-0) opened their season at residence with a 73-50 win in opposition to sectional foe Braxton County (0-1) to kick off the 2023-2024 marketing campaign.

Not solely did the Warriors earn the victory, however senior guard Jenna Barnett surpassed 1,000 profession factors for Trinity with a layup within the first quarter. She grew to become simply the thirteenth athlete at school historical past to realize the feat.

“Not one of the factors I’ve scored are occurring with out my crew and teammates I’ve had,” Barnett stated. “I couldn’t have accomplished something with out them. I used to be a little bit nervous however as soon as I began to consider it, I simply wanted to play my sport and rating factors the best way I at all times have. It’s good to get it out of the best way within the first sport so we are able to deal with nothing apart from going to the state event.”

Barnett led TCS with 24 factors on the evening taking pictures 9 for 15 from the sphere whereas three different Warriors scored in double figures for the sport. Senior Ella Lynch scored 17 factors with 5 triples.

“We now have loads of new gamers on the crew and so they performed properly tonight,” TCS head coach Mike Baldy, who was additionally celebrating his birthday, stated. “Paige Hopkins performed so properly and the way about Payton Moore the entire sport? We shot properly within the first half however I believed it was our transition sport that made the distinction.”

The Warriors received off to a quick begin to open the sport and jumped out to a 25-9 lead after the primary quarter. Freshman Paige Hopkins and Barnett mixed for 18 of 25 factors within the opening quarter with a layup giving Barnett her 1,000th level, prompting a sport stoppage and recognition.

After the pause it was again to enterprise for her and her crew. The lead swelled to 22 factors at halftime with TCS main 45-23. Six completely different gamers scored within the opening half.

“All of those children are assured and that stems from observe with our two seniors pushing them and serving to them,” Baldy stated. “We’re within the huddle with a minute left and are up by 20 factors and Ella is in there fired up and telling her teammates what they should do to enhance. It’s all in regards to the perception in themselves.”

Trinity continued to manage the sport within the second half, slowing the tempo down and the scoring as properly. The Warriors blended defenses between a zone and man-to-man labored of their favor and allowed the sport to be performed the best way they wished as they loved a season-opening victory 73-50.

Trinity will return residence on Saturday at 1 p.m. to welcome Bealsville, Oh.

BOX SCORE
Trinity Christian 73, Braxton County 50
TCS 25 20 15 13 – 73
Braxton 9 14 17 10 – 50
Trinity – Barnett 9 4-6 24; Lynch 6 0-0 17; Conn 1 0-0 2; Moore 4 2-2 10; Hopkins 3 3-7 10; Kurilko 0 2-2 2; Deal 1 0-0 3; Blake 2 1-2 5
Braxton – Lunceford 6 1-2 18; Nicholson 3 0-0 6; Conley 0 1-2 1; Abraham 1 2-4 4; Cain 2 0-0 5; Fitzwater 0 1-2 1; B. Pritt 4 1-2 11; L. Pritt 1 1-4 4
3pt objectives – Trinity 9 (Lynch 5, Barnett 2, Hopkins 1, Deal 1); Braxton 9 (Lunceford 5, B. Pritt 2, L. Pritt 1, Cain 1)