December 4th, 2010
Turnovers Plague Rocks In 58-51 Loss
Trinity falls to state contender Scott County
There’s nothing like finding out how you fit into the landscape of high school hoops in Kentucky than by playing the best teams out there.
Trinity’s Shamrocks went to work against the defending 11th region champion Scott County Cardinals on Friday night. The Cardinals lost earlier in the week to Ballard by four points. The Rocks won their opener easily over Holy Cross.
It played like an early December match up, with the teams feeling each other out and still trying to build an identity of their own. Defense can quickly dominate games at this time of year, and the battle at Steinhauser Gym was no different. Both teams turned the ball over four times in the first quarter and Scott County led 13-11. Trinity junior Nathan Dieudonne, the team’s high scorer in the season opener, went to work early to keep the Rocks close. Junior Troy Saxton pushed Trinity ahead midway through the second quarter 22-19 with a three pointer before the Cardinals rallied.
Tamron Manning had nine first half points for Scott County, including a three pointer to tie it and another bucket to put the Cardinals back in the lead. But the teams were even at 26 at the end of the half.
Scott County used a 9-1 run to open the second half behind a flurry of scores off turnovers from Manning, Tanner Shotwell, and Isaiah Ivey. Missed opportunities and turnovers really doomed Trinity in the third quarter. The Shamrocks gave the ball away seven times and had 21 turnovers on the night. When the Rocks did take advantage of situations, they looked really good. Andrew Perito made a couple of great feeds, one to Dieudonne and another to senior Chancellor Armstrong to pull the Rocks within two at 41-39 at the end of the third quarter.
Even with all of the turnovers, Trinity was in striking distance. But the first part of the fourth quarter wasn’t an offensive showcase. It took two minutes before either team scored. It took Trinity more than five minutes to get their first points in the fourth quarter. Yet they were still close.
A steal and easy score by Scott County’s Manning pushed the Cardinals out to a seven point lead with three minutes remaining. Trinity sophomore Miles Rice answered with a three pointer. Junior Troy Saxton hit Armstrong inside. Then junior Charles Foster leaped for a pass that would even make Rocks football coach Bob Beatty proud, and scored to pull the Rocks within 1 at 47-46.
But Scott County made the most of its remaining opportunities. Manning drained a long three pointer with 1:34 to go, three of his game high 18 points, and the Cardinals were up four. With under a minute to go, Foster again tried to ignite the home team with a baseline slam dunk but Scott County hit free throws down the stretch to claim a 58-51 win.
Saxton led the Shamrocks in scoring with 15. Armstrong added ten, Dieudonne scored 8. Trinity (1-1) has a short rest but hits the road Saturday night to play at Elizabethtown.