Trinity wins South State championship, defeats Riverdale in title game, 48-35

Published 11:48 pm Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Trinity Episcopal Saints capped off a stellar week at the MAIS Class A South State Tournament with a game to remember Saturday night.

Led by DeSanto Rollins with 15 points, Trinity defeated Riverdale Academy in the championship game, 48-35.

“This week has been great, and we knew today was going to be tough,” Trinity coach Mo Rodriguez said. “They played great defense and made great baskets. We were able to keep playing our game.”

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The Saints led at halftime by just two points, 20-18, before coming out for an explosive third quarter in which they outscored Riverdale by 10 points.

TJ Peyton also ended in double digits for the Saints, scoring 10 points. Jakarius Caston added nine and Sterling Yarbrough had another eight for Trinity.

With the win, Rodriguez said his team really discovered their identity.

“These group of kids found they were a team,” he said. “It was a different group of kids who stepped out every single game. It wasn’t just a one-man show. I’m proud of all the boys.”

Rodriguez also said between a district and regional tournament throughout the past two weeks, nothing has seemed to slow the Saints.

“They were looking forward to it and ready,” he said. “We were looking for the competition.”

Moving forward, Rodriguez said his players were excited, yet focused headed into next week’s Class A State Tournament at Delta Academy.

The Saints will play the No. 4 seed from the North in their first game on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They deserve it, but they know it’s not over yet,” Rodriguez said. “They want to bring the big trophy home. That’s what they have their eyes on. We wanted to finish our year with a bang.”

MAIS Class AA South State Tournament

Championship Game

MINDEN, La. — The Centreville Academy girls basketball team fell in the MAIS Class AA South State Championship game to Lamar Christian Saturday afternoon, 57-34.

Savannah Hailey led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, while Karlyn Dalton added nine.

Centreville will be the No. 2 seed from the South headed into next week’s Class AA State Tournament.