Holy Trinity girls working to be district contenders


Senior Sadie Girard, right, is one of the leaders on a Holy Trinity team that hopes to compete for the district title this season.

Carl Kotala

The future is looking brighter for the Holy Trinity girls basketball team ... especially if the Tigers can remember to play their game.

“When we calm down and just play our game and run what we know, we’re very difficult to beat,” Holy Trinity coach John Castillo said. “It’s when we get one-on-one and get rushed that we have our difficulties.”

The Tigers have certainly raised the bar in their second season under Castillo thanks in part to the addition of two key players – Kaytee Castillo, a six-foot junior post player, and Jordan Blair, a freshman point guard.

Those two players have helped stabilize a lineup featuring top scorer senior Natalia Walcott, senior Paris Wiechecki-Vergara, junior Kate Starkey, senior Sadie Girard, senior Mackenzie Wills, sophomore Marissa Catalano, freshman Haley Forde, sophomore Ashley Stevens, senior Jenn McChrystal and sophomore Hannah Gunderson.

If the Tigers can find a way to overcome some of the turnover problems that plagued them early in the season, they’ll have a chance to be contenders in a tough Class 5A, District 7 that features Astronaut, Melbourne Central Catholic, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, West Shore and Edgewood.

In fact, the Tigers can take great pride in the fact that they have played district leader Astronaut close in two regular-season games, losing 59-53 on the road and 52-48 at home. In the latter contest, Holy Trinity had the ball with five seconds remaining and a chance to tie the score.

All of that has the Tigers ready to enter the stretch run with plenty to look forward to.

“Our goal is obviously to be in the district final, fighting for a championship,” Castillo said.

Girard, a standout volleyball player at Holy Trinity who knows what it’s like to win a district title, would like nothing better than to end her basketball career with a history-making moment.

“My goal is to win districts, of course,” Girard said. “We don’t even have a banner up there (on the gym wall). We definitely want one, and I think we can do it. We can beat all of the teams in our district if we come together and work hard.”