ER spoils senior night for THS

Stephanie King

Its been a long season, but things began to wind down on Friday in the final game of the regular season. The Trinity Bulldogs hosted the Eastern Randolph Wildcats to close out the regular season and looked to avenge an earlier season loss to the Wildcats.

Senior Luke Gentry kicked off his senior night with deep one from behind the arc to give the Bulldogs an early lead. Eastern Randolph answered with back to back jumpers from Osiris Ross and Cade Snotherly taking their first lead of the night. After a pair of free throws from Gentry, the Wildcats used an 8-0 run, that included a thunderous one-handed slam from Kaeman Marley, to take a commanding 14-5 lead. Aidan Blakely added a free-throw for the Bulldogs at the end of the quarter. After one complete quarter, Eastern Randolph led 14-6.

Trinity pulled within seven on a free throw from Gentry, but a bucket from Landon Loflin extended the lead back out for the Wildcats. ER would not have a large lead for long as the Bulldogs used an 8-2 run to trim the lead to three. After a free-throw from Ross, the Bulldog cut the lead to two on a pair of free throws from Chris Essick. The Wildcats rebuilt their lead with a 5-0 run before back to back buckets from Josh Reddick and Ben Owens pulled the Bulldogs within three. The lead would remain at three for the Wildcats as both teams each score before the half. At halftime, Eastern Randolph held a 26-23 advantage over the Bulldogs.

Travis Pendry got the Bulldogs within one at the start of the third, but a bucket from Carter Moore put the lead back at three for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs cut the lead to one and then two before the Wildcats pulled ahead by six after a three-point play from Marley. Trinity matched the Wildcats bucket for bucket until late in the quarter when Gentry drained a three to cut the lead to five. A bucket from Owens closed out the quarter cutting the lead to three. After three-quarters of play, Trinity trailed Eastern Randolph 43-40.

The Bulldogs opened the final quarter with five straight points including a deep from Owens to tie the game at the start of the quarter. Marley and Moore combined to go three for four at the line giving the Wildcats a 46-45 lead. A putback from Essick had the Bulldogs back on top by one, but the Wildcats answered right back. The lead changed hands four more times before the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run for a 58-51 lead. Trinity responded with back to back buckets, but three straight fouls sent the Wildcats to the line where they went five for six. Owens drilled a much needed three before adding two free throws to cut the lead to three. The Wildcats closed out the at the foul line to pick up a 66-60 win.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was Kaeman Marley with 22 points. Landon Collins finished with 14 points, while Osiris Ross added ten. For the Bulldogs, Chris Essick led the way with 19 points. Luke Gentry finished with 16 points, while Ben Owens chipped in 14.

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