PREP SPOTLIGHT: Another title for Trinity
BY JAKE KEATOR
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Trinity Christian School’s girls’ basketball team brought home its second straight NCISAA state championship this season, defeating Ahoskie Christian, 37-34, for the title. Preps beat writer Jake Keator recently sat down with head coach Joey Whitehurst and players Rachel Jacobs, Leigh-Anna Jordan, Lauren Weese, Britton Gibson, Carrington Harrod and Faith Hedgepeth. Each player will be identified by their initials.
Q: What does it mean for you to be able to capture a championship with this team?
JW: It’s wonderful. This team comes to work every day. We started the year 1-7, and we finished 15-10. Every day, win or lose, they came in ready to work and put in the effort. They deserve what they got in the end.
Q: What was the feeling like when you won the title?
RJ: It was really great, but it was especially great for me because I had fouled out. It was so great to see my team go all the way, even though I couldn’t be out there with them.
Q: How did the team turn things around after a slow start to the season?
LJ: When we started to turn things around it was like we all finally wanted to start playing basketball and wanted to be there. We were playing for each other and as a team. We were playing as one.
Q: You were on the previous championship team, what are some of the similarities and differences between the two?
LW: Last year we had about the same number of players (seven). We lost a couple of great players, but got two great new players. This year’s team was much faster, and we’re a lot closer. We always know where others are on the court.
Q: What was the celebration like after the final game?
BG: It was this feeling that we came back. We thought we were going to lose because we were down by 14 points. It was an awesome feeling.
Q: What were practices with the team like this season?
CH: We were all trying to push each other to be better. We’re all competitive, so we all pushed each other every day.
Q: What was it like working with coach Whitehurst?
FH: He’s a great coach and always pushes us to be better. Plus he brings food, so that’s my favorite part.
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