When a player sports the same name as the school represents, she carries an added burden to perform well. Sophomore Trinity Oliver is doing well with that responsibility this season for the Lady Trojans.
Oliver, an excellent scorer, rebounder and defender, had a rare feat against L.D. Bell back on Jan. 9 when she recorded a “five by five” — 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals and five blocks — something that rarely happens even at the NBA level.
“I didn't even know I did all of that. I just play. My defense sparks my energy for my offensive game,” Oliver said. “The offense just comes to me as the game plays out. Getting blocks and steals really electrifies everyone on the team and when the crowd goes wild, it just sends chills through my body.”
Oliver, who first started playing basketball when she was five in the Mid-Cities Basketball Association, has been playing on the varsity level the past two seasons.
Ranked No. 14 in last week's Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 6A state poll, the Lady Trojans (24-4, 8-1) enter this week one game back of Southlake Carroll in District 7-6A with three games to go. They look to avenge their loss to Carroll earlier this season on Friday at home.
“Since the beginning of this year, everyone is trying to get the feel of each other and play as a unit. We've had our struggles like most teams, but the special thing about us is we pull each other up,” Oliver said. “We come together and play for each other as a family. I'm proud to be on this team.
“Our goals for the the team this season have been to win district and to go deep in the playoffs. We also want to get higher rankings and bring attention to girls' basketball at Trinity High School,” Oliver said.
Head coach Sue Cannon, who's in her 43rd season coaching and 29th with the Trojans, has tried to help every player that has played for her, and Oliver really appreciates what she's done for her career.
“She has taught me many important life lessons, not only in basketball but for my future as an adult. She really dedicates herself to women’s basketball,” Oliver said. “She has pushed me and is preparing me for college basketball. Coach Cannon is truly a legend and I love playing for her.”
Speaking of the future, Oliver hopes Cannon's guidance can push her into the collegiate level and help her earn a scholarship to a Division 1 school.
“My goal for my future basketball career is to receive a scholarship allowing me to play on a collegiate D-1 level while working on my degree,” Oliver said. “I want to build on my leadership role and set some of my own records as my career continues. My dreams are to inspire other young female athletes.”