Girls Basketball: Hillcrest unable to contain Trinity
By Matt Le Cren For Sun-Times Media January 5, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:30AM
Trinity’s Taylor Nazon celebrated more than just her 18th birthday Saturday.
The Loyola-bound senior guard had 18 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals and was serenaded by her teammates and fans after the Blazers rolled to an impressive 85-60 victory over No. 7 Hillcrest in River Forest.
Nazon and her teammates awed the crowd and a television audience with a virtuoso performance featuring great passing and shooting. Trinity also shredded Hillcrest’s vaunted press with surprising ease.
“(My teammates) told me they were going to come out and get a win for me, so I’m very excited,” Nazon said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a great birthday gift.”
Nazon wasn’t the only one receiving gifts. The Blazers (12-2) took turns handing out assists to each other, moving the ball around to find open shots, which they hit with great frequency.
Trinity made 31 baskets, 26 of which came on assists, including the first 10 and 14-of-15 in the first half, which ended with the hosts ahead 39-31. Lauren Prochaska and Shannon McGinnis (12 points) led the way with six assists each, while freshman Annie McKenna added four.
“We usually are a very unselfish, very good passing team,” Nazon said. “This game it just stood out more because we were hitting the shots. That does not always happen, but everybody stepped up big. I’m really proud of our young kids. First time on TV and they did really well.”
Sophomore Mary Dillon sank three three-pointers in the second quarter and finished with 12 points and three steals. McKenna sank two treys and scored 10 points.
“We had some difficulty getting back on defense,” Hillcrest coach John Maniatis said. “That’s something that we’re going to have to work on. But they’re a great team and they had a great game plan. They had great spacing on the floor. They did a great job of getting shots off and even when they were missing they were banking them in off the window.”
Hillcrest (12-4) scored the first basket but the Blazers used a 9-0 run to take a 12-4 lead.
Dillon’s final trey gave Trinity a 37-23 lead in the second quarter.
Prochaska had a game-high 20 points to go along with seven steals for Trinity, which was playing without three of its top seven players because of injury.
Mariam Awoniyi led Hillcrest with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dana Gettis added 15 points and Shayla Joyner had seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.