Tigers hoping young talent can push them to district final and beyond


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Holy Trinity's Marissa Cloud may be just a freshman, but she's in her third season as the team's starting point guard. That youthful experience is one of the reasons the Tigers believe they have a bright future, but can also win now.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

With a young, but talented roster the Holy Trinity girls basketball team certainly has a bright future.

But that doesn’t mean the Tigers can’t be good right now.

“I think this team can go really far,” eighth-grade guard Alinah Sarratt said. “I think the potential of this team is amazing.”

Sarratt, who played on varsity as a seventh-grader, is already one of the top players on the Holy Trinity roster and has already elevated her game in terms of her shooting, ballhandling and overall basketball IQ.

Sophomore Ionna Garcia is also having a big impact as one of the team’s top front court players in her first year on varsity.

Caroline Lacey, a 6-foot sophomore, gives the Tigers the kind of height they haven’t had since Kaytee Castillo graduated after the 2017-18 season.

“Last year, I was a big,” said Sarratt, who is listed at 5-7.

“I’m kind of more meant to be a guard. The bigs really help this year because they’re actual bigs.”

Point guard Marissa Cloud may be a freshman, but she’s also been a starter for three years.

“It’s huge,” Holy Trinity coach Jay Castillo said of having a young, but experienced player at the point.

“That’s wonderful. There’s only upside for her.”

While the team does have two seniors, guard Jordan Blair is recovering from an offseason injury and forward Haley Ford was injured early in the season and working her way back.

Other top players for the Tigers include sophomore guard Izzy Bush, junior center Emma Bishop, freshman guard Kiki Norris, freshman guard Armoni Peppers, sophomore guard Laila Cohen and freshman forward Catalina Castillo.

The Tigers were off to a 4-4 start on the season and working to improve their communication on the court. But with plenty of action still ahead – including a Jan. 10 game at West Shore and a Jan. 13 home game against Viera – the Tigers still have plenty of time to accomplish what they want to get done this season.

“We’d better be in the district final,” Castillo said. “That is one of our goals. From there, who knows. There are definitely some tough teams in the overall group.

“Right now, our focus is the district final, getting better every day and whoever our opponent is, fighting them tooth and nail.”