2017-01-26 / Sports

Trojans grind out win over Bulldogs

By Alex Sponseller
Associate Sports Editor
SACO — The Thornton Academy girls basketball team grinded out a 57-42 win over visiting Portland Wednesday evening.
Although TA won by a solid margin, each team battled throughout all four quarters and the Bulldogs managed to piece together multiple scoring streaks to pressure the Trojans.
TA came out hot by scoring 41 points in the first half, however were held to just 11 points the rest of the way.
“It definitely feels good to get the win but we’re still not where we need to be. This game was a microcosm of how our season has gone,” said TA coach Eric Marston. “We scored 41 points in the first half then come out and can’t put it in the hole in the second half. Our consistency just isn’t there, offensively we aren’t the point where we need to be as a team.”
Both clubs struggled shooting offensively, with each team finishing under 50 percent from the floor.
Despite the cold shooting, the Portland and TA bigs had solid nights in the paint from both an offensive and defensive standpoint.
“I thought everyone did a good job of getting to the glass, we have been getting out rebounded and I was proud of the way the girls were aggressive going to the glass ... they showed great effort,” said Marston.
Alisha Aube added another solid outing to her impressive season, scoring a game-high 23 points. Teammate Bella Robinson also added 11 points in the victory.
Marston was impressed with Portland’s grit and hard work during Wednesday’s clash.
“It was a game of runs, I give Portland all the credit in the world, they played extremely hard and that showed in the runs. They made a couple plays and were able to make some three’s and push us,” said Marston.
The Trojans improve to 7-6 on the year and still maintain fourth place in the Class AA South conference. TA has now won just two games in its last seven contests. Marston hopes that his team can hit its stride as the home stretch begins.
“We just need to do a better job of executing, we have to do a better job of playing as a team. There are too many times that we play as five individuals instead of one team. If we’re going to want to compete with those top teams we’ll need to come together and play as one.”

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