Trinity’s game plan in the District 3 girls’ Class 3A championship game against York Catholic was quite evident only seconds into the contest at Trinity High School in Camp Hill on March 10: pound the ball inside to 6’ 4” center Lauren Trumpy, and let her dominate an undersized Fighting Irish. And the strategy worked to perfection.
Trumpy scored 12 of the ’Rocks’ first 15 points and finished with a game high 25 to help Trinity to a 62-46 victory over the Fighting Irish. But, don’t let that 16-point margin fool you; this was not a blowout win, as the Fighting Irish fought hard and stayed within 10 points most of the 32 minutes despite Trumpy’s dominance. Thanks to great shooting which included 11 three-pointers from long range, the Irish just could not overcome the ’Rocks’ low-block game that not only scored at will but rebounded the basketball to compound the Irish’s tall mountain to climb.
Trinity’s full court 2-2-1 press also caused York Catholic turnovers, and if the Irish did break the press, the ’Rocks’ half court zone trap stymied any serious run the Irish could make.
York Catholic and Trinity have combined for 29 District 3 girls’ championships, which is an astounding stat. Trinity (19-1) moves on to the PIAA state tournament, and the Irish, who started two freshman, finish their season at 13-7.
(Photos by Bob Chadderdon, ELBE Photography.)
By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness