High School Basketball

Trinity preys on Scott County again, 90-77

GEORGETOWN — Scott County sports fans have seen enough of Trinity for a while.

Six days after Trinity whipped the previously undefeated Cardinals for the Class 6A State football title, the Shamrocks came calling on the basketball court and rolled to a 90-77 victory.

Troy Saxton led the top-ranked Rocks (3-0) with 26 points and five rebounds.

A 6-foot-3 senior who has committed to Alabama-Huntsville, Saxton said the biggest difference was "probably the rebounding. We were plus-13 (38-25) on the boards for the game. That really limited their second-chance opportunities and got us in transition."

Nathan Dieudonne added 20 points and six rebounds. Charles Foster had 14 points. Darryl Hicks added 11 and James Quick had eight, with each matching Dieudonne's six-rebound total.

Third-ranked Scott County (1-2) suffered its other loss to No. 2 Ballard.

"Ballard and Trinity are probably one and two in the state. One thing I know tonight is we're not No. 3 in the state," Cardinals Coach Billy Hicks said. "We don't play enough defense right now. We're not good enough defensively to really go out and beat a team like Ballard or Trinity. That's killing me because I've always been a defensive coach."

Tamron Manning paced Scott County with 26 points and seven rebounds. Isaiah Ivey scored 19 points and Josh Harris had 10.

"It's a good measuring stick as to where you're at," said Mike Szabo, who two nights earlier raised his record as Trinity's coach to 200-99 in his 11th season. "A team like this is going to certainly point out your weaknesses, so we've got good film to look at and try to improve. And, obviously, with James Quick just coming back, he's only going to get better."

Quick, a 6-1 junior, is a standout football receiver. He's also two-time champion in the State 3A track 200-meter dash.

"We've got a lot of potential, I think, and have got a great attitude," Szabo said. "We've got good chemistry and I think we're only going to get better."

Scott County scored the first six points and led by as many as 11, 17-6, in the first quarter.

"We came out and really played good defense, did things we had to do," Hicks said. "And once we got the lead, we just thought we'd outscore them after that. We quit playing defense. We quit running back down the court."

Trinity used a 10-0 rally to pull to within 21-17 at the quarter break.

The Shamrocks overtook the Cards, 22-21, when Saxton nailed a three-pointer.

Trinity went on to lead by as many as nine (40-31) and had a 43-35 cushion at halftime. Saxton hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, prompting Manning to slam the ball in disgust and draw a technical that would allow Saxton to tack on two free throws to open the second half.

Trinity led by as many as 16 in the second half, and the Cardinals never came closer than eight.

Saxton converted a four-point play, fouled on a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in the third quarter, to give Trinity a 70-57 lead.

He finished 7-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-7 from three-point range. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts.

"We just knew we had to buckle down and take care of the ball, just keep playing our game," he said when asked about the early deficit. "We missed a lot of easy shots to open up and, once they started falling, we got back in the game."

Manning slashed to the basket with 5:00 left, cutting Trinity's lead to 72-64.

But the Cardinals committed three of their 19 turnovers before scoring again, and missed a pair of shots while Trinity scored six in a row.

"We had our chances in the fourth quarter," Hicks said. "But turnovers and bad defense just doomed us."

TRINITY (3-0) — Hicks 11, Foster 14, Saxton 26, Rice 4, Dieudonne 20, Quick 8, Page 7. Totals 30-54 23-29 90.

SCOTT CO. (1-2) — Richardson 4, Gilbert 6, Harris 10, Ivey 19, Manning 26, Haddix 6, Bryant 4, Peterson 2. Totals 25-57 20-28 77.

Trinity 17 26 27 20—90

Scott County 21 14 22 20—77

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