Holy Trinity girls basketball holds off Sebastian River


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Holy Trinity's Kaytee Castillo had 12 points in Holy Trinity's 50-42 win over Sebastian River Wednesday night.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

A big third quarter and some clutch play down the stretch propelled the Holy Trinity girls basketball team to a 50-42 victory over visiting Sebastian River in a non-district game Wednesday night.

“Tonight, we definitely stepped it up from past games, played a lot better,” HolyTrinity senior center Kaytee Castillo said. “Our intensity was better. We definitely were more disciplined on defense and valued the possession more on offense.”

Senior forward Kate Starkey led the Tigers with 17 points. Castillo and junior forward Ashley Stevens both had 12 points.

Trailing 17-16 at the half, Holy Trinity outscored Sebastian River 23-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead.

The fourth quarter still featured some drama, however, as Sebastian River’s press was able to disrupt the Tigers offense and the Sharks were able to cut the lead to five points with just over three minutes to play.

However, free throws by Castillo and Stevens and a basket by Starkey helped the Tigers pull away in the final moments.

Being able to hold off Sebastian River’s late run should provide some confidence for the Tigers, who had trouble closing out games at times last season.

“We’re getting there. We’ve gotten better,” Holy Trinity coach Jay Castillo said. “We’ve still got to work on our decision making and controlling the tempo of the game, especially when we’re up. We get a little hectic and try to force it instead of slowing down, executing and getting good shots out of it.”

The win improved the Tigers to 3-3 on the season.

“It was definitely a positive win,” Jay Castillo said. “Hats off to Sebastian River. They had to overcome some things, too, and they put up one heck of a good fight.”