Top teams, Trinity and Brookhaven split pair

Published 12:57 am Sunday, January 27, 2008

NATCHEZ — The fans definitely got their money’s worth at Saturday’s non-district game between No. 2 Trinity and No. 3 Brookhaven.

Trinity knew that Brookhaven would be a lot to handle, but pulled out a 45-43 victory over the visiting Cougars.

Brookhaven took a three-point lead over the Saints at the end of the first quarter, but Trinity wouldn’t stay down for long.

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The Saints put up 14 in the second quarter while holding the Cougars to only eight points in the period. A combination of stingy defense and offensive rebounds helped the Saints take the lead back.

In the third, the lead went back and forth, and the game continued to be a nail biter.

The game heated up even more in the fourth quarter as the time ticked off the clock, but ultimately, the Saints got the victory.

“It was a great game,” Trinity head coach David King said. “We got what we wanted out of this game. It was good experience for us. Brookhaven always has a great team.”

Leading the Saints were Matthew Freeman with 19 points and Andrew Johnson with eight.

Brookhaven’s leading scorers were Daniel Lofton with 14 and Josh Winbourne with 11.

Brookhaven girls 44, Trinity 42

It took two overtimes, but the Brookhaven Lady Cougars pulled out a win over the Trinity Lady Saints.

Trinity (20-6, 5-0) scored first and took an early lead, but the Lady Cougars would use a 12-2 run to take a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The lead would go back and forth between the two teams during the second quarter, but Brookhaven would end up with the lead at the half.

Brookhaven had a slow third quarter, but used a strong defense in the fourth quarter to hold the Lady Saints and force an overtime.

In the first overtime, there was no offense to be seen, and Brookhaven led by two until Madeline Cross hit a jumper for Trinity with two seconds left in the period to tie it back up.

The second overtime was very similar, but the Lady Cougars hit a shot with a little over a minute to go to put them up by two.

Unfortunately for Trinity, their final shot attempts wouldn’t go in and Brookhaven escaped with a narrow victory.

“This was a great learning experience for us,” Trinity head coach Melanie Hall said. “But we have to thank God for the opportunity to play.”

Molly Butts led the Lady Saints with 12 points while Madeline Cross added nine.

Anna Mangold led Brookhaven with 17 points and Kelli Snidor added 12.