Sarratt scores 17 points to lead Tigers past Wade Christian


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Holy Trinity's Caroline Lacey (center) puts up a shot against two Wade Christian Academy defenders during Thursday night's game. Lacey and the Tigers won the game 62-47.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

With a big showdown looming against rival Melbourne Central Catholic on Saturday, the Holy Trinity girls basketball team got just the kind of performance it was looking for Thursday night.

Alinah Sarratt scored 17 points and the Tigers played well on both ends of the floor as they handed Wade Christian Academy its first loss of the year with a 62-47 victory.

“I think we did well,” Sarratt, an eighth-grade guard, said. “I think we had a little (too many) turnovers, but it was better than last time. I think we played well as a whole.”

Sophomore Ionna Garcia had 14 points for the Tigers (4-2). Freshman point guard Marisa Cloud had 10 points and freshman guard Kiki Norris had nine.

Sarratt said Holy Trinity executed its offense well Thursday night against a small, but feisty Wade Christian team that won its first 10 games of the season.

“Before, we were just kind of passing it around, not really running the plays right,” Sarratt said. “But tonight, we really got down the plays and it helped us get open shots and score more.”

Holy Trinity jumped out to a 21-14 first quarter lead on the Panthers (10-1) and was able to maintain that lead throughout the game.

“We played well tonight,” Tigers coach Jay Castillo said. “Our defense was better. We still had some breakdowns, and we’re working on communication.

“We’ve got to get better at communicating. It’s one of the things we’ve been stressing a lot lately at practice.”

The Tigers knew they had to be on their game Thursday night against a Wade Christian team that beat them by three points last season.

“They’re a great little team,” Castillo said. “We played them last year and we thought we were going to take care of them. They taught us a lesson.

“They play hard. Lots of credit to them. They dive on the floor, scrap … they battle.”

The Tigers know they’ll be in for another tough matchup Saturday night when they go on the road to face the Hustlers (6-3) as part of a Holy Trinity-MCC doubleheader.

The girls game is set to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Tigers-Hustlers boys game at 7.