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Barnett scores 34 as Warriors defeat Braxton County for 4th part title in a row

MORGANTOWN — The final basketball Trinity Christian’s Jenna Barnett performed earlier than Friday ended together with her having to be carried off the courtroom with an ankle damage.

Two weeks later Barnett was clearly no worse for put on as she scored 34 factors to guide the Warriors to a 59-41 Class AA Area II, Part 2 championship over Braxton County excessive on the hill in Sabraton.

“It was extra psychological than I believe something, only a scare,” Barnett stated of the damage. “It’s loads higher, I really feel nice. I didn’t even really feel it enjoying on the market, I believe I used to be simply having a lot enjoyable with my group.”

Any considerations about Barnett’s ankle had been put to mattress immediately because the senior hit a trio of threes and completed with 13 factors within the first quarter alone.

“Coming into (Friday), I knew she was going to be Jenna,” Trinity coach Mike Baldy stated. “If she had an off evening, it wasn’t going to be due to the ankle.”

Trinity Christian’s Ladies Basketball group celebrates their victory towards Braxton Co. to win a Sectional Championship on Friday evening. (Benjamin Powel/The Dominion Put up)

It was lucky Barnett shot so effectively early because the Warriors (18-5) wanted a couple of minutes to knock the rust off after not enjoying a recreation since Feb. 10.

“I did assume there was some rust,” Baldy admitted. “I believed motion away from the ball on protection was unhealthy. Quite a lot of Braxton’s offensive rebounds got here from us not being in place away from the ball.”

Even so, Trinity led the Eagles (10-13) by eight, 20-12 after the primary quarter.

“I knew (we might play effectively) as quickly as we stepped into the locker room,” Barnett stated. “I don’t imply it as we’re higher, I imply it because the vitality we had all day. We carried it from our automobiles all the best way into (the gymnasium). We wished it unhealthy (Friday).”

Braxton County made its push early within the second, nevertheless, placing collectively an 11-2 run that lower Trinity’s result in simply 23-19. The Warriors responded by rattling off the subsequent eight factors to enter the locker room up 30-19.

The groups every scored 10 factors within the third quarter till Barnett and fellow senior Ella Lynch hit back-to-back three-pointers to leap their result in 46-29.

Barnett capped off the evening by scoring 10 factors within the fourth to complete with a game-high 34. Lynch was subsequent on the group with eight factors.

Trinity Christian seniors Ella Lynch (left) and Jenna Barnett (proper) pose for a photograph collectively after profitable their sectional ultimate recreation towards Braxton County on Friday evening. (Benjamin Powell/The Dominion Put up)

“That is probably the most motivated I believe I’ve ever been,” Barnett stated. “Particularly for Ella, she is enjoying so effectively proper now.”

Erica Nicholson scored 15 to guide Braxton whereas Adrian Lunceford had eight and Lila Fitzwater scored seven.

That is Trinity’s fourth part championship in a row and its sixth within the final seven years.

Trinity’s lone seniors, Barnett and Lynch have received a bit championship yearly of their highschool careers, however they’ve by no means made it to the state match, dropping within the area co-final to Frankfort three years in a row.

As destiny would have it, the Warriors will host Frankfort but once more within the area co-final subsequent Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“We’ve obtained to get it finished,” Baldy stated. “We’ve obtained two seniors in there that want it finished.”

The Warriors additionally obtained important contributions Friday evening from their underclassmen. Of the ten gamers that noticed important minutes on Friday, Barnett and Lynch had been the one seniors and Kaylin Kurilko and Kate Williams had been the one juniors. Jillian Conn is a sophomore whereas Peyton Moore, Amelia Fisher, Marlo Flecker, Sydney Deal and Paige Hopkins are all freshmen.

“We’ve got freshmen who’re stepping up and doing issues that we didn’t even assume had been going to occur,” Barnett stated. “We’re enjoying so effectively proper now and the way Ella and I really feel are carrying on to them. They’re bringing it as a result of they need it for us.”

Petersburg defeated Frankfort 52-33 to win the Part 1 championship. The Area II co-finals shall be Frankfort at Trinity and Braxton County at Petersburg subsequent Wednesday.

Trinity Christian 59, Braxton County 41
BC 12 77 10 12 — 41
TCS 20 10 16 13 — 59
BRAXTON COUNTY (10-13) — Lunceford 2 3-4 8; Nicholson 5 2-2 15; Cain 0 1-2 1; Conley 2 0-0 4; Abraham 3 0-0 6; Fitzwater 3 1-2 7; Propst 0 0-0 0; Foster 0 0-0 0; Shaver 0 0-0 0; Paletti 0 0-2 0; Sensible 0 0-0 0.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN (18-5) — Barnett 11 7-10 34; Lynch 3 0-0 8; Moore 1 0-0 2; Williams 1 0-1 4; Kurilko 2 1-4 5; Fisher 1 0-0 2; Blake 0 0-0 0; Conn 1 1-2 3; Hopkins 0 0-0 0; Deal 0 1-2 1; Lohmann 0 0-0 0; Dinkel 0 0-0 0; Stinoski 0 0-0 0.
3-Pt. Objectives — Braxton County 4 (Nicholson 3, Lunceford 1). Trinity Christian 7 (Barnett 5, Lynch 2).