(TRINIDAD, CO) – Trinidad State took the floor at home on the opening night of the 2016-17 basketball season and came away with a 72-55 win over Northern New Mexico College JV. The Trojans struggled in the opening minutes but made a great run to take the lead 24-19 at the half. The Trojans outscored the Eagles 48-36 in the second half to ice the game and start the season 1-0.
Overall the Trojans got a solid game from everyone on the floor as Coach Rich Holden made great use of his deep bench. Freshman Mandie Perea had the hot hand from the outside hitting 50% of her shots from behind the line and leading the Trojans with 14 points. Sophomores Alaynna Latimore, Clarissa Chavez and Tammarrah Gothard each hit double-figures as well with 12, 13 and 11 respectively. Latimore led with three assists, Gothard had five steals, Gabby Enloe pulled in five rebounds and former Trinidad Miner Brittnee Coberly finished with seven points, four rebounds and a steal.
The Trojans (1-0) will head to Levelland, Texas this Friday and Saturday to face South Plains and Clarendon at the South Plains Classic. They will return home next Tuesday night at 5 p.m. for a contest with Adams State JV and then host the TSJC Classic next weekend.