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Trinity Lions take two from Lady Freemen

12/6 - The Providence women’s basketball squad faced their first NCCAA regional competition this past weekend as they hosted Trinity Bible College Lions Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Sonia Radi had 30 points and 17 rebounds, freshman Genadyne Charr put in 21 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 steals, while guard Melanie Warkentine totaled 20 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals for the Lady Freemen over the weekend’s games, but Trinity was still able to cruise to 70-52 and 69-46 wins.

“Our turnovers hurt us once again,” Lady Freemen head coach Patti Parker commented after the weekend’s games. “Trinity’s press really hurt us, and we simply could not get second chance opportunities on their end. They were also very relentless on our end and gave themselves multiple opportunities for scoring chances each time down the floor.”

On Friday night the Lions jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. The Lady Freemen quickly responded behind a boost from sophomore Kathy Kallis taking consecutive offensive charges, allowing Providence to catch back up within 1. Trinity then jumped out to an 11-point lead midway through the first, but Providence finished the half within 6 at 26-20, as they went on a 5-0 run to finish the quarter.

The Lions started out the second half on a shooting blitz, and were able to pull out to a 66-37 lead with just over 7 minutes left on the clock. The Lady Freemen then started to regain their game, outshooting Trinity 15-4 to finish out the match, but it was simply too late for the comeback to be completed, and the Lions walked away with a 70-52 win.

Saturday’s game saw Trinity Bible College jump out to an early lead which they maintained throughout the game as they rode a plethora of hot shooters to hold a 53-27 lead 3 minutes into the second half. The Lady Freemen once again pushed to finish out the game, outscoring the Lions by 7 in the final minutes, but Trinity once again had an insurmountable lead, and won it 69-42.

The weekend’s results left Lady Freemen coach Parker knowing that her squad will have some work to do if they plan on taking the NCCAA regional banner this season.

“Although we could stay with them for small stretches,” coach Parker said of her team’s efforts in the games against Trinity, “…it will definitely be a challenge we will work towards to put together a full game against this team that could very well be the strongest in the NCCAA region.”

The Lady Freemen will now enjoy some time off as they next return to action after the semester break.
Written by: Kaiten Critchlow

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