MORGANTOWN — From the opening suggestion of Thursday night’s Course A Area II Part 1 title game, it was clear that Trinity’s physicality and aggressive brand of defense was heading to wear on the Preventing Irish of Notre Dame
Although the Warriors committed 24 fouls, they continually harassed the Irish for 32 minutes, forcing Notre Dame into 17 turnovers and holding standout senior Taylor Martino devoid of a field goal the entire night en route to a 51-39 victory.
“We preferred to be genuine actual physical and as you can see we had probably 30 fouls,” Warrior mentor Mike Baldy defined. “Some of them I was upset about, but a whole lot of them I was alright with. We had been alright with fouling away from the basket, we just did not want to set them on the line around the basket.
“We want to be an aggressor. A few yrs back we took this young Trinity team to Tucker County and performed significant on the mountain in the regional championship and they totally outmatched us physically and we explained we’re never ever heading to permit that transpire all over again. We’re not heading to permit teams outmatch us physically and tonight we set the tone.”
Notre Dame mentor Bob Martino admitted that the Warriors had been the aggressor from the get go.
“They had been far more actual physical than us,” he lamented. “That’s the initially issue I instructed them soon after the game. I explained they had been much far more aggressive than we had been and we did not match that intensity. A few of moments they just took the ball from us. We have a person far more likelihood and we have to appropriate some matters and we have a week to appropriate them.”
By means of the initially two quarters Notre Dame was just 3-for-12 from the free of charge throw line and committed 12 turnovers, but a robust defensive exertion saved them at bay and they trailed just 22-17 soon after a back again-and-forth initially fifty percent that featured a pair of ties and 6 direct adjustments.
In the third quarter the Warriors started out to pull away, as Kaylie Laskody knocked down a 3 and Leighton Croft converted a a few-stage participate in soon soon after, enabling the Warriors establish their direct to nine details. Taylor Martino found Emilee Henderson for a pair of buckets on back again-to-back again belongings to slash the Trinity direct to 28-23, but the Warriors had an solution, as Raegan Sharp went coast-to-coast for a layup and Paige Dixon split a pair of free of charge throws to press the direct back again out to eight with less than a minute still left in the quarter. Martino ultimately registered her initially details of the game with a pair of free of charge throws at the 37 next mark, but Trinity’s Jaclyn Smith drained a corner 3 soon thereafter to press the direct out to nine moving into the game’s ultimate stanza.
In the fourth quarter the Warriors set matters away, acquiring the ball inside to Rachel Rosen on its initially possession to establish a direct finally grew to 14 and dildn’t drop less than 10 details the relaxation of the way.
Henderson had an great outing with 18 details and Morgan Turner chipped in eight, but the Irish had been plagued by weak free of charge throw taking pictures all night, ending just 12-of-28 (43 per cent) from the charity stripe and missing a quantity of layup possibilities throughout the contest.
“Twelve of 28 (from the free of charge throw line) and we likely missed 12 or 14 layups,” mentor Martino mentioned. “You just just can’t do that, not versus a fantastic team like Trinity. Defensively we performed fantastic ample to acquire, we just have to make layups and foul shots. That is fundamental basketball.
“I believed (Trinity) did a excellent occupation of not letting Taylor contact the basketball, I believed Emilee (Henderson) performed really nicely and stepped up, we just have to make foul shots. They are there, but if you overlook 16 foul shots you likely should not acquire a game. That is two video games in a row, past game we had been nine of 23.”
Croft led the Warriors with 14 details and 10 rebounds though Dixon scored 10.
Notre Dame will go on the highway following Thursday and will confront the winner of the Area II Part 2 championship, which will be held this weekend.