The Titans are 6-6 overall and 2-2 in Region 6AAA as they faced a number of higher classification teams – including Class AAAAAA squads Lassiter and West Forsyth – as well as 6AAA powerhouses Decatur and Woodward Academy early on.
Blessed Trinity coach Tamara Chavis wouldn’t have it any other way as she looks to sharpen her team before the rigors of the region schedule and the postseason.
“There are some strong teams in our region and outside of our region,” Chavis said. “You have to have that practice that comes from competition, because it does nothing but help you later on.”
It is a younger Blessed Trinity team that entered the 2013-14 season, with only four returning players and a roster that features five freshmen.
“We’re very young,” Chavis said. “We only have four returning varsity players, so most of our players either don’t have a lot of varsity experience or are freshmen.”
While Blessed Trinity has traditionally been a guard-oriented team, the Titans have added a strong inside game to go along with their strength on the perimeter with the presence of 5-foot-11 senior forward Meg Casey and 6-2 freshman center Morgan Stalcup.
“We never been a big team,” Chavis said. “We never really had any bigs in the eight years that I’ve been at Blessed Trinity. We might have had one big over the years, so we’ve been guard-oriented. But this year, we have some size and we have the guards on the outside. Our strength is our inside-outside game. We have a strong inside game and outside game and I think the combination of both of those is what gives us good strength.”
Casey leads the team with 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while junior guard Kirsten Green (9.0 ppg) is the other leading scorer and junior guard Payton Fadem is another key player for the Titans.
Things will get even more challenging for Blessed Trinity as it faces competition in a Region 6AAA that features defending Class AAA state champion St. Pius X as well as AAA quarterfinalist Decatur and perennial state playoff team Woodward.
“I am actually glad that Decatur and St. Pius and Woodward are in our region, because how often can you say that you’ve played the state champion or you’ve played an elite eight team in the regular season,” Chavis said. “I like having tough teams in our region and playing them, because I would rather play a Pius or a Decatur or a Woodward in our region twice a year and a third time in the region tournament and possibly a fourth time in the state tournament.
“I want that opportunity to get better and to know that we can play with people who are No. 1 in the state or are elite eight teams.”