Trolls Fall to Taylor

In their first game of the week the Trolls hosted Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), a team ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  Trinity gained advantage in the first quarter and led by two at the end of the period. They lost that top spot and by the half they trailed 46-36. The Trolls fell further behind in the second half and ended in an 87-62 loss. The team is now 2-2 for the season.

Through the first quarter of the game the teams were never separated by more than five points. Shooting .500 percent to Taylor’s .200 percent, the Trolls had a 21-19 lead at the end of the period.

Taylor quickly took over the lead in the second period on an 11-to-0 run. The Trolls did not score for the first five minutes of the quarter and trailed by nine. Trinity closed the gap to four points at 37-33, but was outscored 9-to-3 in the final two minutes for a 10 point deficit at the half.

The scoring gap was anywhere from five to 11 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter. With two minutes left the Trolls trailed at 59-50. They did not score again in the period and by the end of the third quarter they were down 66-50.

In the final quarter the Trolls could not make up any ground and fell further behind. This time it was Taylor who shot .500 percent in the period and the Trolls fell to .385 percent. In the end the scoring difference was 25 points.

For the game the Trolls shot .381 percent from the field, .280 percent from the arc, and .700 percent from the field. Taylor was .400 percent from the floor, .356 percent from the three-point line, 1.000 percent from the free throw line. Trinity had 40 rebounds and Taylor had 45. Kyla Pitts led the team with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Val Guzman had 16 points and Aubrey Goorman added eight points and eight rebounds.

The Trolls are back in action tomorrow, November 10, at Clarke University in a 7 pm game.