The temperature in the 60s outside Trinity Academy of Raleigh’s Founders Hall gym felt like a fall or spring evening. Dr. James Naismith might never have invented his indoor sport in 1891 in this type of winter.
But we all know it is basketball season, so the visiting Cary Academy boys’ and girls’ teams and Trinity met as scheduled Tuesday night for their nonconference doubleheader.
The Cary Academy boys won 50-49 when Tylor Moore hit a driving layup with 8 seconds to play. The Chargers (4-4) had to hold their breath until a shot by Trinity (3-3) at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
In the girls’ game, Cary Academy trailed only 26-20 at halftime, but the Tigers (6-0) pulled away for a 50-24 win over the Chargers (2-6).
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Moore finished off Trinity Academy boys
Cary Academy trailed 33-27 at the start of the fourth quarter before Tyler Marshall sparked the comeback that Moore finished.
In the first 68 seconds, Marshall hit a 3-pointer followed by a steal off the press for a layup to trim the deficit 35-32. He added an unusual four-point play in the final minute. He scored and was fouled with 47 seconds to play to cut Trinity’s lead to 47-46. He missed the free throw but charged up the lane for the rebound for a 48-47 edge with 46 seconds remaining.
“We got some scrappy plays from him that made the difference,” Cary coach Mindavgas Timinskas said of Marshall.
Marshall scored all nine of his points in those two fourth-quarter flurries. Michael Fowler led the Chargers with 16 points and Moore added 11.
Trinity sophomore Messiah Pankey scored 24 points, and junior Matt Yager added 14.
“We’re a young team, maybe the youngest in the state,” Trinity coach Bryan Burwell said. “We’re in a learning process and this will help us prepare for conference play.”
Trinity Academy girls pull out win
Cary Academy’s defensive game plan was to keep the ball away from Trinity Academy senior Kristi Demski, who is averaging 28.6 points going into Tuesday’s game. But two Trinity seventh-graders, Haley Gray and Ashley Woodfin, started to play with the maturity of high school girls. Gray finished with team-highs of 16 points and seven assists. Woodfin scored eight to support Demski’s 12-point night.
“Teams are going to try to play us that way all year,” Trinity coach Adam King said. “I’ve been trying to get them to embrace that role sooner. They have to be aggressive with the ball.”
Gray and Woodfin have enjoyed national tournament success playing for their club team, Triangle Flight.
Cary Academy is a young team playing without junior point guard Kelly Bright, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Laren Callihan led the Chargers with 10 points. Szu-In Lim, who has been slowed by a knee injury, added eight.
“We have some young kids and we’re trying to teach the how to play,” Chargers coach Mike Zeillmann said. “Trinity is a good team and they were able to take advantage of our mistakes.”
Trinity only led 26-20 at halftime as Lauren Callihan (two), Lim (two) and Lindsay Callihan (one) combined for five 3-pointers.