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Barnett scores 39 to guide Trinity Christian to Area II title and a spot in Charleston

MORGANTOWN — Trinity Christian women basketball coach Mike Baldy may barely stand nonetheless all through the day main as much as Wednesday’s Class AA Area II championship sport towards the Frankfort Falcons, as his Warriors had seen defeat in the identical sport three years in a row.

However in accordance with him, as soon as he entered the constructing of TCS for the sport, he felt an amazing sense of calmness wash over him.

“I knew that these seniors (Ella Lynch and Jenna Barnett) weren’t going to let this staff go away like this once more,” Baldy stated.

Barnett scored 39 factors to guide the Warriors to a 61-40 victory over the Falcons in Sabraton on Wednesday. She completed with 15 made discipline targets, together with seven from lengthy vary.

This would be the first journey to the state event for TCS since 2019.

Trinity gamers have fun after defeating Frankfort on Wednesday within the regional last. (William Wotring/The Dominion Publish)

“All day I’ve been excited about this sport, and excited about what occurred final 12 months as a result of we couldn’t hit a shot close to the top of the sport,” Barnett stated. “Day-after-day I’ve been within the fitness center and didn’t go away till I made 100 threes. I informed myself this morning we weren’t dropping this sport.”

Barnett bought began early as she scored eight of Trinity’s 10 factors within the opening quarter. The Warriors took a 10-5 lead early within the sport.

She solely added three extra factors within the second for a complete of 13, however the Warriors stretched the result in eight factors, 23-15 on the break. The Falcons struggled on offense your entire sport and have been simply 6 for 26 from the sphere at halftime.

In earlier years, the Warriors let halftime leads slip away because the Falcons accomplished a number of comebacks. But it surely was all Barnett on Wednesday as she refused to see her staff be left behind within the regional finals as soon as once more.

Barnett opened the second half with a deep three and scored the opening seven factors of the third by herself. She completed with 15 of Trintiy’s 19 factors within the third quarter because the Warriors outscored the Falcons 19-9 to assist prolong the result in 18 factors, 42-24 with one quarter to play.

“No adjustment,” Baldy stated about what the Warriors deliberate to do to open the second half. “We didn’t make a single adjustment, we needed to guard the publish slightly higher however we didn’t even execute that. We informed Jenna all week she needed to shoot when she had open appears and he or she was unimaginable. The distinction within the third quarter tonight from final 12 months was the expertise of it taking place already. We knew we couldn’t let it occur once more.”

Trinity’s Jenna Barnett (1) drives to the online towards Frankfort on Wednesday within the regional last. (William Wotring/The Dominion Publish)

Barnett added 11 extra factors and two extra triples within the fourth to assist her staff preserve the rating at a cushty size from the Falcons, who wouldn’t get nearer than 18 factors within the fourth.

“For me, that is bittersweet taking part in my final sport on the ground right here,” Barnett stated. “However now we get to go play on the ground in Charleston.”

“We have now particular individuals right here,” Baldy stated. “The seniors are particular, the juniors, sophomores, freshmen are particular. The assistant coaches are particular individuals, the athletic director is a particular particular person. Each staff I’ve ever been concerned with that has been to Charleston has had particular individuals and that’s what it is a results of.”

Trinity Christian earned the No. 6 seed within the Class AA state event and can face off towards Wheeling Central Catholic subsequent Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Charleston.

Trinity 61, Frankfort 40

FHS 5 10 9 16 – 40
TCS 10 13 19 19 – 61
TRINITY CHRISTIAN — Barnett 15 2-3 39; Moore 3 1-4 9; Kurilko 3 0-0 7; Conn 1 2-2 4; Fisher 1 0-0 2.
FRANKFORT — Klavuhn 11 1-1 23; Ault 1 1-2 3; Pritts 1 0-0 3; Kelly 1 2-2 4; Ruble 0 1-2 1; Zimmerman 1 1-2 4; Kesner 1 0-0 2. 
3-Pt. Targets — Trinity 10 (Barnett 7, Moore 2, Kurilko 1). Frankfort 2 (Pritts 1, Zimmerman 1)