Even with a 5-0 start and a win at the Northwest Classic tournament under their belts, Euless Trinity girls basketball coach Sue Cannon isn’t quite sure what kind of team this year’s Lady Trojans will turn out to be. That’s because of the youth movement that’s underway this season after last year’s 27-6 campaign was led by four seniors.
“I don’t have a clue yet,” Cannon said after Friday’s 47-21 win over Wichita Falls in the Northwest Classic. “We’ve got a framework with the two starters back, and really with four who got substantial playing time last year, but after that it’s six freshmen. It’s a learning process, but I’m pleased with a lot of them.”
That framework that Cannon talks about is what should make Trinity girls basketball exciting to watch this season and into the future. It all starts with junior guards Trinity Oliver and Haleigh Talbert. Through the first five games of the season, Oliver was averaging 24.6 points per game.
“She’s being highly recruited, and so is Haleigh at the point,” Cannon said.
Talbert scored 12.6 points per game through the first five, which saw the Lady Trojans win handily in their season opener against Mansfield, 66-36, before getting four wins last weekend in the Justin Northwest Classic tournament for the championship in the nine-team field. Both Talbert and Oliver, who set the tone with 32 points agianst Mansfield, have made hay by getting into passing lanes defensively and creating fast break opportunities for easy scores.
Against Wichita Falls, Oliver went for 22 points and seven steals, while against Trophy Club Byron Nelson in a 56-24 win, Talbert went for 15 points and three steals. Cannon said the duo would need to provide stability and scoring punch for the team while the freshmen gain experience throughout the non-district schedule.
Trinity was picked in the preseason to finish second in District 7-6A, behind Southlake Carroll, by the Texas Association of Basketball coaches. Carroll was ranked No. 16 in Class 6A in the same poll.
District play for Trinity starts Dec. 15 at Richland, but before that the Lady Trojans will travel to Lewisville next on Nov. 24 after an open date this Friday.
Trinity boys start season
After the season opener Tuesday against Wichita Falls Hirschi, the Trojans will travel to Arlington Lamar on Friday for their next game. And after what could be called a pleasant surprise of a 17-win season last year, the Trojans return an athletic and experienced team that was also picked to finish second in District 7-6A this year. Richland was picked to win the district.
“This might be the most athletic team we’ve had here in a few years,” Trinity coach Mark Villines said. “We don’t have a Myles Turner, and we don’t go 6-8 or 6-9 with big guys, but we’ve got a lot of long athletes that go 6-1 or 6-2, and the expectation we have here every year is a district title.”
Trinity last won a district title in 2013, in the old District 6-5A, behind forward Turner, who was picked 11th in June’s NBA draft and is averaging six points and three rebounds in his rookie season with the Indiana Pacers.