By Anthony Jones
TROY — After four games, Triad’s girls basketball team stands at 2-2.
Their most recent victory came on Nov. 18, when they met Belleville East in the Columbia Tip-Off Classic consolation championship game. Both teams held 1-1 marks headed into the contest.
The Lady Knights stormed out to a 6-0 lead and shut out the Lancers for the first three minutes and 35 seconds of play. Triad cruised for the remainder of the frame to obtain a 15-5 lead.
Belleville East was held scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the second frame, as they fell behind 21-5. With eight points across the final 75 seconds of the half, however, they would pull within 22-13 of Triad.
The Lady Knight lead remained solid until a late fourth quarter rally saw the Lancers inch within 38-36 to Triad with 12.9 seconds to play. A pair of late free throws from Delaney Hess iced this comeback attempt as Triad survived in a 40-36 final.
Makenna Witham led the team with 16 points, while adding on team-high totals of rebounds, steals and blocks. Hess tacked on 10 more in the win to move to 2-1.
The Lady Knights hit the road on Nov. 21 for a visit to East St. Louis. Entering that contest, the Flyerettes held a 2-0 record.
Early play showed the squads as evenly matched, with Triad leading 10-9 after one quarter and 24-22 at halftime. They slowly added to their lead by outpacing East St. Louis 15-12 in the third to go ahead 39-34.
Just as the Lady Knights looked to run away with a double digit lead, the Flyerettes soared back to knot the score at 46-46. A last second free throw resulted in a 47-46 East St. Louis victory.
Witham led the team in scoring again, netting 20 points off six field goals and seven free throws. Tying her career-high, Erica Boyce added 11 points in the road contest.
Triad’s Mississippi Valley Conference opener is set for Nov. 27, when they will visit the Jersey Panthers. The team’s home opener is scheduled for Nov. 29, when they host Cahokia.