Prep Roundup: ACCS wins, Trinity falls Tuesday

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, November 12, 2014

centreville — The Adams County Christian School Rebels and Trinity Lady Saints both had tough road tests Tuesday night. ACCS was able to capture a win, while Trinity fell just short.

Despite what head coach Melanie Hall called a slow start, the Lady Rebels were able to secure a 60-40 road victory against Centreville Tuesday night.

“It wasn’t our prettiest game by far,” Hall said. “We came out really slow in the first half and made a lot of mistakes. But I was proud of the way the kids rebounded and played in the second half. It is still really early, but the kids know I expect a lot out of them.”

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The game was tight through the first half, with the teams going into halftime separated by just six points. But the Lady Rebels were able to take over in the second half, putting up 19 and 14 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

“We got a lot scrappier on defense. We had a lot of turnovers, but we played good aggressive defense.” Hall said. “I had some players come in and contribute a lot on defense and offense.”

Hall said having a deep bench this season has proved to be a big asset, and was a factor in Tuesday’s win.

“I had several girls in get in early foul trouble,” she said. “We had some kids step in and do some really good things. I’m really excited about our depth this year.”

Next up for ACCS is two road games, at Riverfield on Monday and Parklane Tuesday.

The Trinity Episcopal Lady Saints also had a tough challenge when they took the court against an Oak Forest team that is two classifications higher.

But the Lady Saints held their own, falling just short 68-43.

“They are a AAA school, and I wanted to see how we would match up with a bigger school,” Trinity head coach Fay Minor said. “Our kids hung in their well. We got into some foul trouble that created a problem for us, but overall, in the first half, we hung really well.”

Trinity trailed by just six at halftime, but Oak Forest was able to outscore the Lady Saints 38-20 in the second half to take the game.

Jasmine Ivory led Trinity with 17 points, and Minor said she is glad to have her as a part of the team this season.

“Jasmine is very consistent,” Minor said. “She runs the floor well and controls the floor. Most of the shots she takes are good shots. She is a good commander of the floor. She’s got leadership skills, and we are happy to have her.”

Dionna Jackson added nine points for Trinity, while Tali Beard was next in line with six.

With the season still young, Minor admitted that her team still has a ways to go as far as coming together as one, but she expects them to be able to do so in the near future.

“We still have some jelling to do,” she said. “We’ve got six new girls, and they are mixed with our seven old girls, so it takes a little while to gel. But they are coming along.”

The Lady Saints will take on Silliman today at 3:30 p.m., and Minor said she is looking for her team to have a better defensive showing.

“I want to see them improve more on man to man defense and footwork,” she said. “Rebounding is our biggest weakness right now. But once we get going, we will be a hard team to beat.”