By Anthony Jones
Triad’s Lady Knights basketball team opened last year slow with a 3-10 start, but they look to kick this season off in much stronger fashion. The team has started their season after a long wait and have already taken on two teams. Their first game of the season was a Wednesday night hosting of Granite City.
Triad set the tone early for the game by jumping off to a huge lead, tallying 10 points before Granite City sunk their first basket. The visitors did manage to trim the lead down to 13-4 by the end of the first quarter with some competitive play near its end. Triad junior Alyssa Powell was the driving force for the early offensive explosion, as she scored 7 points in the first frame.
The second quarter was kicked off as Powell sunk yet another basket. The Warriors hit a free throw to trim the lead, but then Reagen Chigas drained a three pointer to help extend the Lady Knight’s lead. Granite City responded with a three point shot of their own, but Triad closed the half out by going on a 7-0 run, which was topped off by another Chigas three pointer.
At the half,the Lady Knights had built a lead of 25-8. Powell still led Triad in points at 9. Chigas was also a key contributor with her 6 total points.
The third quarter would prove to be Triad’s best of the day and when they would build an untakeable lead. The team jumped out strong by making an 8-0 run. Granite City ended that run with a free throw, which would be their lone point of the period.
Triad would score 13 more in the quarter, giving them a 46-9. Perhaps even more impressive than the score advantage in the third quarter was how well the Lady Knights spread the ball around. A total of 8 different players scored for them during that frame.
The final quarter of the contest was rather uneventful. Anderson sunk a three pointer for the Lady Knights, moving their total to 49. The visitors sank two free throws in the quarter, which gave a final score of 49-11.
Triad’s leading scorer for the night was Powell at 11. Sami Hartoin was close behind with a tally of 8. Chigas, Manso, and Anderson all added 6 of their own on to the total.
The Lady Knights also played host to the East Alton Wood River Oilers last week. Triad played dominant in that game as well, building a 36-3 lead at halftime. The final score was 62-14 as the Lady Knights moved to 2-0 on the season.
Sami Hartoin led the scoring efforts for Triad as she racked up 11. Avery Bohnenstiehl and Brooke Holcomb both added 9 for the team’s total. Powell also had another solid game as she scored 8.
Triad’s upcoming games are listed below.
Thursday, Feb. 18 vs Mascoutah HS Home 6:00 PM