March 9th, 2019

Trinity Advances to State Finals


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Trinity Advances to State Finals
Trinity defeats Campbell County to advance to state finals/ photo by Chad L. Waggoner, Trinity Athletic Photos

The best way to describe Trinity's 42-40 win over Campbell County in the semifinals of the Boys 102nd State Tournament Saturday night was, survived. 

Trinity (29-8) the 2012 state champion will play Scott County a 70-52 win over Warren Central, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rupp Arena. Scott County (35-3) beat Trinity 56-53 in January 5 in the Raymond Reed Classic at South Laurel. Trinity was without Louisville commit David Johnson and the Cardinals were without Michael Moreno, both had injuries. 
The Seventh Region champions three of the last four years, Trinity had two blowout wins in its first two games. The Shamrocks got off to a quick start and led 20-5 early in the second quarter.
But the Ninth Region champions rallied outscoring the Rocks 15-2 the last six minutes of the second quarter to trail 22-20 at halftime.
"We just had to relax," said Camels coach Aric Russell. "We came out playing tight. We had to do what we do."
It seemed the Shamrocks relaxed a little when they go the big lead. Campbell County led 29-27 early in the fourth quarter and were tied 33-33 after two free throws by Noah Wirth after he was fouled by the Rocks Stan Turnier.
After Jolly, a football standout as well made two foul shots with 2:28 Trinity's Rice made one of two and Hodge two with 1:48.
The Camels Wilson stole the ball, missed shot. Wirth rounded and got the ball to Jolly who stepped on the out of bounds line giving the ball to Trinity.
The fans all around the lower bowl at Rupp Arena were standing. Scott County fans
seemed to be cheering for Campbell County.
Kamari Kennemore made one free throw for the Rocks with 46 seconds for a 41-38 lead. Jolly's layup with 20 seconds got the Camels within 41-40.
It came down to Johnson who was fouled by Jolly who made the second of two free throws with 15 seconds.
On an out of bounds play Jolly got the ball deep in the lane and was double teamed. He missed, Johnson rebounded and the horn sounded sending the Shamrocks to the championship.
"We knew he'd get the ball," said Johnson who finished with 13 points. Hodge added 11 and Rice six. "He's a really good player. We knew they wanted to get it to him. We play one more. Hopefully we can carry that out."
Trinity coach Mike Szabo was proud of the way his team fought through adversity, especially when things got close. "That was so tough," said Szabo. "It was an awesome game. I'm sure proud of my guys."
The Camels (31-5) got 10 points from Wilson could never get into a good offensive rhythm. In all three games Trinity has dedicated play with it defense which has given up a total of 90 points in three games.
"Campbell County plays so hard. They have good players at every position," said Szabo. "They made some adjustments. We just missed some shots. We stayed tough. It was a great ball game."
It will be even greater if Trinity can win its second state championship. 
NOTE...Trinity's Luke Lyle hit a half court shot to win a $1,500 scholarship for himself and three others.

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