Natalia Lopez scored the game-high 22 points, and five teammates combined for 43 more as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles defeated Toccoa Falls College 65-55 in a South Region game Friday night in North Georgia.
Lopez was 8 for 14 from the field (57%), including a three-pointer, and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line to compile her game-high total.
Lopez also pulled in 12 rebounds, blocked a shot, and stole two away from Toccoa Falls to help set up scoring opportunities for her own team.
Diamond Alford was second with 16 points. She sank two three-pointers and four of six free-throw attempts while shooting 45% from the field. She finished with seven rebounds and tied for the game high with four steals.
The two teams battled defensively throughout the first half, but Trinity was superior, holding Toccoa to five first-quarter points on a three-point shot and two free throws. Toccoa’s defense was also strong early, limiting Trinity to 22% in the first and 33% in the second. Trinity led 9-5 after one and 19-18 at the half.
Both teams poured on the offense after the intermission. Each team more than doubled its first-half scoring output after the break. Trinity, though, totaled 48% in the second half, including 50% in the third quarter, to lead 44-39 at quarter’s end and built their 10-point margin of victory in the fourth. Although each quarter score was close, the Eagles won all four.
Destiny Green scored 11 points and led all players with 22 rebounds.
Green had 11 rebounds on each side, blocked three shots, and stole two possessions away from the opposition.
Shaina Hill contributed nine points and seven rebounds in the Eagles’ win while Meagan Gooden added four points and five rebounds, and Faithe DeVaughn hit a clutch three-pointer.
Three Toccoa players hit double digits: Grace Crowl (15), Malaka Elix (13), and Caylie Martin (13). Jordan Poole scored eight; and Erin Cary, Kennedy Smith, and Savannah Smith each had two. Poole and Elix each stole four balls away from Trinity, and Toccoa had 13 steals on the night.
The Eagles have two more games on the road before returning to the home court. Trinity will travel to Bob Jones University on Saturday and Wesleyan College on Tuesday, January 23. The next home game is on Friday, January 26, versus South Region opponent Trinity College of Florida at 2:00 p.m. EST. The women and the men host Piedmont International University one day later at 2:00 and 4:oo p.m., respectively.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC