Friday, February 21, 2014

Dunn, Trinity prepares for South Park

Trinity sophomore Mary Dunn

Trinity’s girls basketball team will travel to West Allegheny tomorrow to seek revenge. After losing to South Park twice this season, the Hillers are looking to prevent the Eagles from winning a second-consecutive Class AAA WPIAL title.

It won’t be easy. Trinity’s average margin of defeat against South Park this season is 38 points. The Eagles (19-4) won Section 5; earning them the No. 3 seed in the Class AAA tournament.

South Park’s success has come behind the play of their front court: senior forward Halie Torris and sophomore forward Allison McGrath. The two have combined for 744 total points this season as McGrath is averaging 16.7 per game and Torris has added 16.4 per game.

Both are a tough matchup for opponents with their combination of size, strength and shooting ability. The one advantage Trinity (17-6) has: sophomore center Mary Dunn. Listed at 6-0, but obviously taller, Dunn’s jump shot is rare. She dominated for the Hillers in the team’s 59-53 first round victory over Hampton.

While her post play is still developing, she altered shots and forced the Talbots to switch their best defender to account for her strong first half. That made space for freshman Sierra Kotchman and senior Kelly Korpus. The duo’s perimeter shooting made Hampton pay for switching to man-to-man defense.

South Park is the favorite to reach the WPIAL title game and is seeking the program’s fourth WPIAL title, while Trinity has yet to win the championship game.

The Hillers have their work cut out for them, but with a young, developing lineup, even if Trinity falls short of their goal, there is much to look forward to. That long-awaited WPIAL title won’t be a far-fetched goal in the near future. With the amount of young talent on head coach Bob Miles’ team, the best is yet to come for Trinity girls basketball.

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