Destiny Green scored 20 points, and Natalia Lopez followed with 18 as Trinity Baptist College played in the quarterfinal game of the Women’s South Region Tournament with Toccoa Falls College. Despite the tremendous effort from all Eagles, though, Toccoa Falls won the very close seesaw affair 60-57.
Green scored 13 of her 20 in the second half and had a 13 total rebounds to keep the game close after Toccoa took a four-point lead in the third quarter. She hit 9 of 22 shots overall (41%) and blocked three Toccoa shots. Lopez scored 8 of her 18 in the fourth quarter and tied the score at 43-43 with 7:23 left to play.
The game went back and forth with five lead changes from that point on. Toccoa’s Jordan Poole hit two free throws with six seconds left on the clock to put her team ahead 60-56. Lopez then made it 60-57 with a free throw, but Trinity could not regain possession afterward.
Trinity jumped out to a 17-7 lead shortly before the end of the first quarter, but Toccoa got the final basket before the buzzer and then won the second quarter 12-11. Trinity led 28-21 at the half. Toccoa came out of the locker room and scored the third quarter’s first nine points. The remainder of the game was back and forth the entire way.
Diamond Alford finished with six points for Trinity, and Faithe DeVaughn added two.
Poole led all players with 21 points even after she left the game early on with a twisted left ankle. She returned a few minutes later, played through the pain, and came up clutch when it counted most, scoring 14 points in the second half and hitting four fourth-quarter free throws in as many attempts (6 for 6 overall). Erin Cary drained 19 points, 15 of them in the second half. Grace Crowl scored 8 second-half points and 10 overall, and Malaika Elix added seven.
Toccoa Falls will play Pensacola Christian College in the South Region semifinal Friday night.
Trinity is not finished. The Lady Eagles will host the Women’s Bible College NIT on March 1 and 2. Trinity College of Florida, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, and Appalachian Bible College will also participate.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC