Turnovers plague Tigers in home loss to Hustlers


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Holy Trinity's Ashley Stevens (center) splits two Melbourne Central Catholic defenders on her way to the basket during Friday night's game.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It wasn’t hard to figure where this one got away from the Holy Trinity girls basketball team.

“Our issue was taking care of the ball,” Tigers coach Jay Castillo said after visiting Melbourne Central Catholic defeated Holy Trinity 54-21 Friday night.

“Plain and simple – decision making and taking care of the ball.”

Jordan Blair scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (6-13). Alinah Sarratt, Riley Draper and Ashley Stevens all had two points. Gabby Salyer scored one point.

With Holy Trinity turning the ball over repeatedly against the MCC press, the Hustlers were able to get a lot of easy baskets and build a big early lead.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that’s been a familiar tale this season.

“We’ve got a lot of young players,” Castillo said. “The effort’s there. They try hard. They care. We’re just not there yet.

“MCC is strong. They’ve got seniors. They’re patient. They work the ball around. That’s a good team. You cannot give them 30 extra possessions and expect to win the game.”

It didn’t help the Tigers that they were without point guard Marissa Cloud, while two other players -- Marissa Catalano and Haley Forde – were dealing with ankle injuries.

The good news for Holy Trinity is that after Wednesday’s game at Eau Gallie, the Tigers will have four straight home games, to not only get healthy, but to work on its decision making, before district tournament begins.

Holy Trinity’s next home game will come Friday when the Tigers host Satellite.

The district tournament is set to begin Feb. 4 at Astronaut.

Despite Friday night’s struggles, the biggest encouraging sign for the Tigers is that they have been playing better basketball since coming back from a three-day tournament over the Christmas break where the players got a chance to spend some time together.

“Our Christmas tournament, we did some good bonding and practices have stepped up a little bit,” Castillo said. “That’s one of the things we talked about (after tonight’s) game.

“We’ve got three more weeks to get as ready as we can and see if we can compete in districts.”