(TRINIDAD, Colo.) – The Trinidad State Lady Trojans shook off a slow start with a strong fourth quarter comeback to top Laramie County 51-45 at Scott Gym on Friday night. TSJC found themselves down by as many as ten points midway through the second quarter, but using a merciless full-court press, turned the game around in the final stanza.
A huge game from 6'2 freshman Annette Warner, who finished with 13 rebounds and nine points over 33 minutes on the court, keyed the victory. Warner got considerable help from guards Tammarrah Gothard, Kaila Gabriel and Shahennessey Bradford, and fellow post Brittnee Coberly. That group set the pace for a fourth quarter comeback in which the Trojans outscored the Eagles 19-9. Gothard had 12 points to lead TSJC in scoring, Gabriel had four steals and Coberly had three.
"I thought that our team showed a lot of grit, winning a game when we did not play all that well," commented Coach Rich Holden. "We shot 26% in the first half and were 0-12 from three. I believe we were 40% in the second half and 5 for 15 from three. It took a while but I was glad to see us playing with a little rhythm again. It is nice to have all of our goals within our reach, but we have to take it one possession at a time and that includes the way we practice."
The Trojans are now 7-4 in Region IX play with just three region games remaining. They host Otero on Saturday, February 18 and Lamar on Tuesday, February 21. Both games tip off at 5 p.m. They are currently second in the region standings behind Western Nebraska and just ahead of Lamar. A top-four finish guarantees a home first-round playoff game.