Shay Jackson led the Eagles with 18 points and tied for the game high total as Trinity Baptist College hosted the Royals of Warner University Thursday night at home. Trinity played exceptional basketball throughout the second half, but Warner’s experience led the Royals to an early lead and a 78-49 victory.
Jackson flourished in the second half, during which she scored 17 of her 18 points. She hit two three-pointers in the third quarter and connected on 7 of 9 free throw attempts in addition to sinking two more field goals combined in Quarters 3 and 4.
Diamond Alford was second on the team with 14 points, 12 of them in the first half. Alford was 3 for 6 from both three-point range and the foul line to compile the bulk of her point total.
The young Eagles fell behind early and trailed 53-21 at the half. Warner’s experienced upperclassmen ImUnique Green and Alana St. Clair led the Royals to their halftime lead, and at the final buzzer, both Royals players had tied Jackson for the game high in scoring. St. Clair scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half, and Green had 12 of her 18 in the second.
Green was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and Sarah Poehlman hit 2 of 4 three-point attempts. Poehlman, a senior, totaled six points on her 22nd birthday. Daijah Turner also hit double digits with 11 points. Warner shot 63% from the field in the first half and 45% overall on the night.
Trinity won both the third and fourth quarters by scores of 17-15 and 11-10, respectively. Following Jackson and Alford in scoring were Shaina Hill with 9, Natalia Lopez with 8, and Meagan Gooden with 2. Lopez came up big defensively in the second half by stealing three balls from the Royals while pulling in 7 defensive rebounds to lead her team up the court for scoring opportunities. Overall, the Eagles shot 39% on the night, including 5 of 6 from the field in the first quarter. The Eagles also shot a very solid 71% from the free-throw line.
On Saturday, the Eagles will host Florida College at 4:00 p.m. EST in the final home game until late January. The men’s game with Florida College will follow at 6:00 p.m. The Lady Eagles will then travel to the University of Mobile on Tuesday, November 21, in the first of eight consecutive games on the road.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC