Saints use 19-4 run to pull away for win

Published 12:26 am Tuesday, January 15, 2008

NATCHEZ — The last time Trinity and Centreville played, the game went to overtime.

The Saints made sure no such thing would happen again.

Trinity (13-3) used a rebounding and turnover advantage and a great game from Matthew Freeman to subdue the Tigers 69-57 Monday night.

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“They killed us on the boards all night,” Centreville coach Jason Horne said. “We also had way too many turnovers. They picked our pockets and got some easy layups out of it.”

The game was close for a quarter and a half, but with the Saints holding a three-point lead, Trinity’s Kent King nailed a three-pointer midway through the second quarter and started a 19-4 run that stretched into the third quarter.

Centreville never got the lead to within single digits after that.

The key to Trinity’s offense was Freeman, who scored 27 points, including 16 in the first half.

“Matthew is one of the better athletes on the floor each night we play,” Trinity coach David King said. “He was smooth tonight.”

King also gave credit to center Andrew Johnson, who gave the Saints numerous second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounds.

“He is the most improved player we have,” King said. “He is a threat on the blocks with his rebounds and putbacks.”

And it was rebounding that doomed the Tigers more than anything.

“You’ve got to limit teams to one shot,” Horne said. “You can’t let them have three or four shot attempts on a possession. You can’t win playing like that.”

In addition to Freeman’s 27, Trinity got 11 points from Johnson and nine from Jordan Dossett.

Cade Lockwood led Centreville with 22 points while Adam Perry scored 12.

Trinity girls 60, Centreville 47

Despite the fact that the Trinity Lady Saints took a 13-point victory over the Lady Tigers of Centreville, Trinity coach Melanie Hall was less than pleased with her team’s performance.

“The first half I thought we played pretty well,” Hall said. “But the second half I didn’t think we played defense very well. We made mental mistakes and we can’t do that.”

The Lady Saints cruised in the first half and took a 32-18 lead into the break.

However, Trinity was outscored by the Lady Tigers 29-28 in the second half, which did not sit well with Hall.

“I was disappointed in our second half performance because we played well in the first half,” Hall said. “I wanted four good quarters from the team but I didn’t get it.”

Caroline Ketchings led Trinity (17-5) with 27 points while Molly Butts scored 12 and Madeline Cross had nine for the Lady Saints.

Centreville was led by Amber Addington, who pumped in 28, while Breann Deville scored eight points for the Lady Tigers.