January 17th, 2020

Trinity Falls to Fern Creek in Semifinals of LIT

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Trinity Falls to Fern Creek in Semifinals of LIT
Rocks fall to Tigers/ photo by Ed Peak

Trinity fought up hill all night. The Shamrocks just couldn't get over the hump. Fern Creek beat Trinity 54-45 in the semifinals of the 73rd annual Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley, Friday, before a packed gym.

"They were (Fern Creek) just better tonight," said Trinity coach Mike Szabo. "I thought they pretty much beat us in every area."

 

Trinity the No. 11 seed in the tournament trailed 28-21 at halftime but got within 33-28 and 38-33 in the third quarter. Fern Creek scored the last four points of the quarter to build its lead to 42-33 

 

The Shamrocks wouldn't fold getting within 48-42 with 2:05 but Trinity could get no closer. Fern Creek's Jalen Rogers made four straight free throws to restore its lead to 10 points with 50 seconds.

"We didn't compete hard enough to win a game like that," said Szabo. 

 

The Shamrocks shot over 50 percent from the field in a win over Pleasure Ridge Park, Wednesday, suffered a poor shooting night. Trinity was 20 of 46 (43 percent) which includes three of 15 on three point shots.

 

Junior guard Zach Stahlman led Trinity with 19 points, four rebounds and two assist. Stahlman made nine of 10 shots from the floor.

 

"We just got to get back to practice this next week and fight harder," said Stahlman. "We've got to play harder and stick to our fundamentals."

 

It was the second time this season that Fern Creek has beaten Trinity. The Tigers won 55-49 on December 14.

 

"I was trying to do all I could do to get my team a win," said Stahlman. "I think we made some progress with those first two wins. We need to keep progressing. We need to get better. Keep progressing."

 

Zek Montgomery led Fern Creek (13-5) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Rogers added 17 points and five assist.

 

The Tigers, the 2017 LIT champion will play Ballard a five time LIT champion,  Saturday at 7 p.m. The loss by the Shamrocks snapped a four year streak of being in the title game winning the last two titles.

 

 

 

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