Trinity travels to Watford City for 'fun' weekend contest

Jan. 22—WATFORD CITY — In a game that didn't count against the teams in Division A-Region 4, Watford City outlasted Trinity on Saturday, Jan. 20, 50-47, despite double-digit scoring from three separate THS athletes on the afternoon. Sophomore guard Annabel Scheeler and junior forward Nevaeh Tormaschy both tied for the game-high with 14 points apiece with Watford City's Jessica Mogen, but it wasn't enough as the Wolves had built a 17-5 lead in the first quarter they would never relinquish.

"Offensively we played perhaps our best team-ball of the year," Trinity head coach Jared Scheeler said. "When we play inside-out we can be really tough to guard. Nevaeh had a great game, Ava had a great game, and Annabel found her rhythm from the outside."

He added, "It was fun to watch. The coaches challenged the girls on the speed of our offense during the pregame, and they stepped up and answered that challenge today."

After coming back strong with a 14-11 advantage in the second period, Trinity went into the locker room down 28-19 at the half, and then came out of the break to outscore the Wolves 17-9 and close the game to within 1 point at 37-36 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

After throwing down a 3-pointer in the first, Scheeler didn't regain her shooting touch until the second half scoring 11 points to close out the game with 4 of her field goals dropping in from behind the arc during the afternoon. Meanwhile, Tormaschy was solid throughout the middle stages with all 14 of her points coming in the second and third quarters, and senior guard Ava Jahner also was consistent with 10 points through the opening 24 minutes.

But the first-quarter gap proved to be too much for Trinity to overcome and with only 11 points to show for the final period, the Titans wound up 3-points behind at the end.

Watford City posted a significant advantage from the free-throw line, converting 7-of-11 shots from the charity-stripe.

The teams were roughly even in field goal percentage at 38.8% for Watford City and 38.2% for THS, but the Titans had more fast-break points at 11-8 and points-off-turnovers at 20-18, while the two teams were even with 26 points each in the paint. Trinity also experienced a 36-28 deficit in team-rebounds for the game.

"We didn't get the victory, but I had a lot of fun today," Scheeler said. "We started the first quarter down 17-5, and I had no idea how we were going to respond after that, but the girls really showed me something today; they refused to quit and they refused to back down, and they just fought for each other."

Scheeler added, "I'm not a moral victory guy, but take away that first quarter and we played our best basketball of the year. I think the girls are starting to believe in what we're doing."

Individually, Tormaschy led the team with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 4 steals, and Jahner pulled down 5 rebounds and snagged 3 steals while dishing a team-high 5 assists.

Next-up for the Titans (8-6 overall) will be a trip to play Standing Rock Community (4-7) on Jan. 25 in a Division A-Region 4 showdown.

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