Tigers blow out Cocoa Beach for third straight victory


Holy Trinity's Marissa Cloud brings the ball up against pressure from Cocoa Beach's Rylee Saxton during Friday night's Class 5A, District 7 game The Tigers won 58-38.


COCOA BEACH -- The Holy Trinity girls basketball team may have gotten off to a rough start, but the Tigers are cooking now.

After dropping its first four games, Holy Trinity is now on a three-game winning streak following Friday night’s 58-38 victory over host Cocoa Beach.

“I think we played really good together as a team,” Holy Trinity junior guard Jordan Blair said.

“I definitely think we could reduce our turnovers, but we always need to work on that. But it was good getting to play with some younger girls that we don’t normally get to play with. It’s always good to get everyone experience.”

Blair led the Tigers with 15 points while Marissa Catalano had 13. Marissa Cloud was next with nine points. Isabella Tomasura had eight and Ashley Stevens added five.

The Tigers got off to a 12-5 first quarter lead before doubling up the Minutemen 36-18 over the next two quarters to take control of the game and allow Holy Trinity coach Jay Castillo the chance to use everyone off his bench.

“I think we played well,” Castillo said. “We have to work on finishing. We missed a lot of opportunities. We have a couple of young players. As we go and we keep working hard in practice, our confidence will keep getting better and it will come around.”

Holy Trinity opened the season with losses against Lincoln Park Academy, Sebastian River and district opponents – and title contenders --- Astronaut and Cocoa.

Since then, the Tigers have beaten Covenant Christian, West Shore and now Cocoa Beach.

“They’re getting better,” Castillo said. “It’s getting better. It’s something we can definitely build on.”

One thing that was definitely working for Holy Trinity Friday night was the Tigers’ defensive effort, which led to a number of fast break opportunities.

“I think our pressure was the difference in the game,” Castillo said. “It gave us quite a few easy baskets.”

The Tigers will return to action Monday night when they host Community Christian School at 7 p.m. That will be followed by a couple of big tests when they host Hagerty on Wednesday and then travel to face another district title contender, Melbourne Central Catholic, on Saturday.