ROSWELL, Ga. — Blessed Trinity continued its region winning streak Friday night, beating White County at home, 66-55, in Region 7-AAAA play. The Titans have won nine straight region contests dating back to last season.
“White County is a well-coached team that plays really hard and have some really talented players,” head coach Patrick Hughes said. “We did enough to get it done.”
It was a strong night for BT’s offense which averaged 52 points per game entering Friday’s tilt. The Titans were led by junior Andy Swade who scored 22 points, including 16 in the first half before encountering foul trouble and sitting on the bench for much of the second half.
Ben Shappard netted 12, followed by CJ Abrams with 10 and Jax Bouknight with nine, including a 55-foot buzzer beater at the end of the second quarter.
“When we decided to run the offense and not settle early in possessions, I thought the offense looked great,” Hughes said. “We don’t want to just settle for the first look, we want to get a great look.”
The Titans’ offense got off to a quick start with an 11-2 run to open the game. Runs were a theme of the first three quarters, each team having momentum swings in and against their favor.
White County went on a 7-0 run to pull within six later in the first, but BT created separation and held a 34-25 lead at the half.
White County opened the third by outscoring BT 8-2 to pull within three, but BT responded with an 8-0 run to reclaim a double-digit margin.
The Warriors would close the gap early in the fourth, but BT’s defense was able to take control under the boards to seal the win.
“Defensively we got pushed around a little inside and they got some offensive boards,” Hughes said. “But we showed some grit and tenacity down the stretch in keeping guys off the glass and knocking down free throws when it counted.”
Friday’s matchup was the first of a challenging stretch for the Titans. They will play 7A’s West Forsyth (7-9, 2-1) Saturday before a rematch of last year’s region title game with Marist (6-10, 2-1) on Tuesday.
With his team entering the region title rematch, Hughes said he is happy to be 3-0, but know that his team’s five remaining region contests are crucial.
“There’s only eight region games, so every one is important,” he said.
While the boys continued their winning streak, the BT girls losing streak was extended to 10 games, which includes an 0-3 start in 7-AAAA play. The Titans were downed by White County, 50-29.
The Titans trailed by double-digits for much of the first half, and though a run in the third cut the lead to just four, White County pulled away again in the fourth with BT’s looks continually shot just off the mark.
The Titans were led in scoring by Emma Jacobs, and Katie Hynekamp who each netted seven points. Jacobs was 5-10 on free throws and had nine rebounds. Hynekamp was honored before the game for scoring her 1,000th career point against West Hall on Jan. 5.
Hynekamp’s sister, Erin, had four points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Jana Barden scored six with four rebounds.