Trinity girls win, boys lose in playoffs

Published 12:08 am Friday, February 19, 2010

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal fans had a bittersweet afternoon Thursday, watching their school get an impressive win and lose a heartbreaker in the MAIS Class A quarterfinals.

The Trinity varsity boys fell to Greenville Christian 31-29 when Greenville’s Justin Leavy hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation to put his team up.

The Lady Saints, meanwhile, overcame a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Marvell Academy 58-48, and will play Newton at 1 p.m. today.

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Lady Saints head coach Richy Spears said he was excited that his girls would get to move on to the semifinals of the state tournament.

“I feel so good for them,” Spears said. “They work hard every day, and don’t ever complain and moan. I’m just really excited for them.”

Although Trinity trailed Marvell 28-22 at the half, Spears made some halftime adjustments that helped his team storm back and take the lead.

“We mixed it up on defense in the second half, and I felt like that gave them some trouble,” Spears said.

“We just had a different mindset in the second half. They’re a good, well-coached team, but I told our girls that we could play with them, and we just needed to do what we do. We just needed to pick up the pressure and intensity.”

Trinity’s Bethany Ogden scored a career-high 26 points for the Lady Saints.

“She got some 3-point looks, she got some penetration at the dish, got some rebounds and put them up and got some layups off of fast breaks,” Spears said. “She did a little bit of everything tonight.”

Brandis White added 13 points and Madelyn Cross finished with 12. The Lady Saints rose to 24-9 on the season.

Trinity boy’s coach David King said he had no regrets despite a disappointing end to the season.

“We just lost to a better basketball team,” King said. “They were just too athletic. I’m very proud of these boys. I want them to win a state title in every sport. I love them, and want them to have as special an experience as they can as players.

“We didn’t reach our goal, but I told them, the most important thing wasn’t that we missed our goal, but that we left it all out there on the court, and we have no regrets.”

Trinity was able to hold Greenville to less than 10 points in each of the first three quarters, but the dam broke in the fourth as Greenville scored 21 points to come from behind in the game’s final seconds.

“They were so athletic, so big and strong, that we felt like we just had to hold onto the ball and have them come out and guard us,” King said.

“I thought we executed our game plan well, they were just too good in the end. They’re 32-1 for a reason, and they were averaging about 80 points a game. I felt like our game plan was the only one that gave us a chance to win, and we played it nearly to perfection. I’m awfully proud in defeat.”

Givonni Dent led Trinity with 13 points. Tanner Cage added eight points. Trinity finished 21-9 on the season.