Two contrasting styles of basketball in this one. Tuslaw is the more fundamental and calculated team on offense. Trinity is very long and athletic. Both can be a problem for the other. Trinity started quick but Tuslaw used a run late in the first and early second to take a 18-10 lead. The transition for Tuslaw caused problems for Trinity in the first. Timely buckets for Trinity’s Malone kept them close en route to 11 points for her in the first half. Trinity did a great job of staying in attack mode and getting to the foul line.
Trinity really turned up the pressure on the perimeter to help them to a big run in the third to close the gap. A big 4th foul on Stewart for Tuslaw early in the quarter helped turn the tide. Trinity ends the quarter with an Ibos three as the horn sounded. A big 18 point quarter for Trinity ends the third period with a 2 point advantage, 36-34.
Ibos starts the forth with another from deep. Teams traded buckets for most of the final quarter before Tuslaw got a three from Leedy and an a dish and score by Selah Yost to take a late 5 point advantage, that they would retain through the final horn, to win 49-44.
Tuslaw was led by 12 from Taylor Leedy while Emma Koons, Selah Yost and Abby Hoiles all added 9 each. Trinity was paced by Malone’s 13, while Ibos finished with 12 and Bohanon added 10. Tuslaw’s guards Leedy, Koons and Yost are very good in transition, they all shoot the ball well, can handle it and pass great. First half the Mustangs played to those strengths but the second half Trinity really picked up the intensity and forced more turnovers. Despite a costly foul out by senior Peyton Stewart, the Mustangs held on. Mustangs play next on Tuesday at Louisville.