Trinity Lady Saints one game away from South State title

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 9, 2001

Friday, February 09, 2001

The Natchez Democrat

MONROE, La. – The Trinity Lady Saints overcame a six-point

halftime deficit to defeat Mount Olive 72-61 in a semifinal game

Friday in the MPSA South A State Tournament at River Oaks School

in Monroe.

Vanessa Gordon had an outstanding performance for Trinity with

23 points, eight rebounds and eight steals, and she hit 10 of

13 free throws.

Sara Greer had 19 points and made nine of 10 free throws, Lauren

Tanner had 15 points and Becky Bass had 11 points. Ashley Kingsafer

had a team-high 14 rebounds.

&uot;My girls did a super job tonight,&uot; said Lady Saints

head coach Melanie Hall. &uot;I was very, very pleased with the

way they played.&uot;

Mount Olive, the second seed from District 6-1A, got off to

a good start and scored 21 points in the first quarter.

Mount Olive led Trinity, the number one seed from District

5-1A, 35-29 at halftime and still led by one point, 53-52, going

into the fourth quarter.

&uot;We played man-to-man in the second half and got their

two best players in foul trouble,&uot; Gordon said. &uot;I guess

we knew what we had to do.&uot;

Which was evident in the fourth quarter, which Trinity outscored

Mt. Olive 20-8.

&uot;We never lost our heads and we knew what had to do to

win,&uot; Greer said.

Trinity took 40 free throws in the game, and made 25 of them.

Trinity, 27-4, will play Riverdale in the championship game

at 2:30 p.m. today.

Riverdale, the top seed from District 6-1A, upset Porter’s

Chapel, the top seed from District 7-1A, 56-44 in an earlier game.