Trolls Defeat Judson

The Trolls traveled to Judson University (Elgin, Illinois) to take on the Eagles in a NCCAA North Central Region semifinal game. Trinity, who lost the Judson in the regular season, was the third seed of the tournament and Judson was No. 2. The teams battled through 40 minutes of play in a game in which the lead changed hands 12 times. The Trolls had a one point advantage at the half, 39-38, and had a one point advantage at the game’s end for the 88-87 win. With the victory the Trolls advance to the championship game.

In the first quarter Judson posted a 15-6 lead after five minutes of play. The Trolls answered with a 10-to-4 run to pull to within three points with 1:19 left. By the end of the quarter they were down by four at 22-18.

Hitting two three-pointers in the opening minutes of the second quarter, the Trolls, who made a total of 9-of-13 treys in the first half, took over the lead. For the rest of the period the score was tied four times and each team had their share of the lead. By the intermission Trinity was ahead by one, 39-38.

Judson regained the lead in third period and took the top spot for the first five minutes. On a three-pointer by Bethany Jansma with four minutes to play the Trolls went ahead at 55-53. By the end of the quarter Trinity had the gap to five at 61-56.

After giving up one basket, Trinity rallied off the next nine points and posted the largest lead of the game at 70-58. Over the next four minutes Judson fought back and tied the score at 77-77 with three minutes left. After a 79-79 tie Trinity went back on top on a jumper by Celina Wanta.  A three-point play by Ally Giampapa gave the team a five point lead at 84-79 with 1:37 to play. In the remaining time Trinity stayed on top, but the gap narrowed to one point when Judson hit a three-pointer with 10.6 seconds left.  In their final possession the Trolls ran the time off the clock to get the one point victory.

Trinity was .517 percent from the floor, .600 percent (15-of-25) from the arc, and .917 percent from the line. Judson shot .508 percent from the field, .348 percent from the three-point line, and .714 percent from the free throw line. The Trolls had 25 rebounds and Judson had 18. Giampapa led the team with 24 points, hitting five three-pointers, four assists and four steals.  Jansma had 16 points and Lauren Stokes had 13. Breanna Toppen and Kelsie Foster were also in double-figure scoring with 11 points each. Foster also had seven rebounds.

The Trolls will play in the championship game at Greenville University on March 3 at a time to be announced.