Trolls Falter in Second Half at Taylor

The outcome of a game at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) looked good for Trinity after one half of play. The Trolls had a four point lead at the break against the Trojans, a team receiving votes in the NAIA poll, but that all changed in the second half. The Trolls were out-scored by more than 30 points in the final two quarters and ended with a 95-70 loss.

The play in the first quarter went back and forth with each team having their share of the lead. At the end of the first quarter the teams were deadlocked at 18-18. After a 24-24 tie in the opening minutes of the second period, Trinity went on an 11-0 run to take a double digit lead. Taylor came back with the next eight points to close the gap. At the half, the Trolls had a slight lead at 39-35.

The third quarter changed the game as Taylor doubled their first half score. The Trojans took the lead two minutes into the period and held it by limiting the Trolls’ shot attempts.  The scoring difference reached double digits with two minutes left in the period and was 70-58 by the quarter’s end.  

The Trolls did not score for the first five minutes of the fourth period while Taylor added 16 points to make it a 28 point game. Overall the Trolls added only 12 points in the period and ended in the 25 point loss.

Trinity ended the game with a .453 field goal percentage, a .350 three-point percentage, and a .833 free throw percentage (5-of-6). Taylor was .438 percent from the field, made nearly twice the number of three-pointers as the Trolls, and was .857 percent from the line, where they scored 18 points. Trinity lost the rebounding battle at 33 rebounds to Taylor’s 47. Ally Giampapa and Lauren Stokes each had 14 points and six rebounds. Celina Wanta added 11 points, four rebounds, and four steals.

The Trolls’ next game is on December 29 at Ohio Christian University.