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Girls split a pair of games on first week
The TCU girls basketball team split a pair of games during their first week of the season.
The Titans opened the season on the road Tuesday, Nov. 27 against the #4 ranked Cardinals from Bethlehem Academy.
Tri-City United 26
Bethlehem Academy 52
Coach Kevin Woitas said the Titans struggled from the start, and suffered a 52 to 26 loss.
“We had way too many turnovers to try and compete with a team like that,” said Woitas. “The Titans gave away 32 turnovers to the Cardinals on the night. It's not a fun way to start the season, but the girls never gave up!"
The Titans were led by Danielle Angileno's 8 points and 4 rebounds. Alyshia Angileno added 7 points and 6 rebounds.
Tri-City United 51
The girls opened their first home game in TCU’s new gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Again, turnovers continued for the Titans in the first half, as they committed 19 of them. They did, however, manage to take a 21 to 19 lead into the half.
Woitas said the second half saw more of the same as the Titans once again struggled with taking care of the ball. The hometeam found themselves down by three points, with 23 seconds left, after a pair of made free throws by the Cobras. Woitas called a timeout to set up a potentially game-tying play.
“We worked the play to perfection as Courtney Hentges hit a game-tying three-pointer with under seven seconds to go to send the game into overtime,” Woitas said. “In overtime, the Titans took complete control of the game, and sealed the 51-47 victory by knocking down seven of nine free throws down the stretch.”
The Titans were led by Courtney Hentges's 13 points. Alyshia Angileno had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Coley Selly chipped in 9 points.
The Titans are on the road for a pair of games this week. Tuesday they traveled to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown for a non-conference game, and they will open conference play on Friday night in Norwood-Young America.