Lady Saints go undefeated in district

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2001

The Trinity Lady Saints needed a big offensive second half to pull away from the Huntington Lady Hounds for a 75-52 win Tuesday night at Clyde Adams Arena on the Trinity Episcopal campus.

With the win, the Lady Saints (22-4) won the MPSA District 5-1A regular season title with a 10-0 district record and will be the number one seed in the varsity district tournament.

&uot;To God be the glory,&uot; said Lady Saints head coach Melanie Hall.

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All five Lady Saints starters scored in double-figures, led by Vanessa Gordon with 20 points. Sara Greer had 19 points, Becky Bass had 13 points, Lauren Tanner had 12 points and Ashley Kingsafer had 11 points.

&uot;It feels good,&uot; said Greer about being the regular season district champs. &uot;But in the district tournament, we’ll take it one game at a time.&uot;

Tanner, Kingsafer and Gordon also had big performances on defense and in rebounding.

Tanner had 23 rebounds, four steals and five blocked shots. Kingsafer had 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Gordon had seven rebounds and seven steals.

Huntington (15-9, 8-2) stayed within striking distance of Trinity in the first half thanks to the three-point shooting of Emily Hazlip and Kathleen Elders, who each hit two threes.

Gordon nailed a long jumper at the end of the first half to give Trinity a 32-22 halftime lead.

&uot;We didn’t click right off,&uot; Tanner said. &uot;But once the game got going, everything started clicking.&uot;

Especially in the second half, as the Lady Saints scored 18 points in the third quarter and 25 points in the fourth quarter.

&uot;We played as a team. We didn’t lose our heads,&uot; Greer said. &uot;Coach Hall told us to contest every shot.&uot;

&uot;We played tighter defense on Hazlip and Elders (in the second half),&uot; Tanner said.

JoLee Hughes led Huntington with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hazlip finished with 10 points and Elders and Sarah Ashmore had nine points each.

Trinity hosts Wilkinson County Christian Academy at 6 p.m. Friday.

The game was the regular season finale for Huntington.