Trinity Episcopal head coach Adam Lonon was hoping his team’s second-half effort against Cosby in the TDIT semifinals would carry over to Friday night’s final against Monacan.
As it turned out, he got the same effort, and a lot more.
The Titans dominated from start to finish and had three scorers over 20 points in a dominating 87-55 championship victory.
Monacan fought evenly with Trinity Episcopal in the opening three minutes of the game, but the Titans outscored the Chiefs 15-3 over the final five. Using an extended 3-2 matchup zone defense, Trinity jumped passing lanes, forced turnovers and powered its way to the basket on the other end to quickly build an insurmountable lead. The lead was 23-11 after the first quarter and ballooned to a 31-point advantage, 47-16, by halftime.
“That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to come out and make that statement early,” Lonon said. “It was surprising to see a 30-point lead, but I trust my girls to go out and execute.
Leading the way for Trinity in its second consecutive TDIT title was Elaina Chapman, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds on her way to being named Most Valuable Player. Point guard Angel Burgos also provided a superior performance, scoring a game-high 26 points, dishing out 10 assists and claiming six steals. Kristy Hamze rounded out the team’s high scorers with 21 points. Burgos and Hamze were named to the all-tournament team.
While the trio brought the fireworks on offense, it was on defense where Trinity was able to make its mark. The Titans recorded 18 steals and nine blocks, and held Jordan Hodges, Monacan’s leading scorer. to only 6 points in the first 16 minutes of play. The guard finished with a team-high 17 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Nation Wilson added 16 points for the Chiefs.
“We knew [Hodges] was going to come out and set the pace for them offensively,” Lonon said. “The goal was to keep the ball out of her hands, which we were able to do in the first half.”
Despite the large deficit, Monacan came out of the gates with fire on both ends of the court to begin the second half. The Chiefs forced early turnovers, and 3-pointers from Hodges and Lena Lee helped knock the Trinity Episcopal lead down under 30 points. However, the Titans responded on both ends. On offense, Chapman began to assert herself, recording 15 of her points after halftime.
On defense, Trinity continued to extend its defense, and got back to what made the first half successful. A 10-0 Trinity run midway through the third quarter stopped any Monacan hopes of big second-half rally.
“We really communicated as a team and that really helped us position ourselves where they weren’t getting open threes or slashing into the lane as much,” Chapman said.
Top performers: MON (4-2) — Jordan Hodges 17 pts, 1 3ptr; Lena Lee 7 pts, 2 3ptrs; Sydney Clayton 8 pts; Nation Wilson 16 pts; Kaira Winston 2 pts; Jada Norman 2 pts; Linden Madison 1 pt.
TE (8-0) — Angel Burgos 26 pts, 1 3ptr; Elaina Chapman 24 pts; Alyssa Chapman 3 pts, 1 3ptr; Logan Carter 7 pts, 1 3ptr; Kristy Hamze 21 pts, 2 3ptrs; Addison Winn 6 pts.