FAIRBURN—The Trinity Lady Lions made a little bit of basketball history Monday night winning their first ever GHSA Region 5-1A Tournament game with a dominating 59-40 victory over Our Lady of Mercy in a game played at Landmark Christian.
Trinity moved on to play Greenforest Tuesday at 6:30 back at Landmark.
The region tournament shifts to Wesleyan School starting Wednesday.
With the victory, the Lady Lions improved to 9-14 overall.
Our Lady of Mercy ends its season with a 3-21 record.
“This was a big win for us,” said Trinity head coach Joe Daniels. “We have had some games were we didn’t play as well as we could.”
The victory came just three days after the Lady Lions also beat Our Lady of Mercy in the regular-season region finale.
Senior Catherine Skebo led the way for the Lady Lions with 23 points. Kelly Fourman finished with 12 points.
In Monday night’s victory, the Lady Lions built a 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 40-13 at the break.
The Lady Lions seized the momentum early in the game with two 3 -pointers from Skebo and and one from Kimmie Galka.
Trinity spread the offensive wealth in the second quarter. Skebo drained both of her free throw attempts and Fourman connected on three shots from the field.
oductive quarter in the third, with five different players getting in the scoring column.
Anya Belin found the range on three shots for Our Lady of Mercy and Morgan Skipper drained two baskets as the Lady Bobcats cut the lead to 49-26.
The Lady Lions countered Our Lady of Mercy’s comeback attempt with more stellar play from Skebo who connected on two 3-point shots.
Skebo finished the game with four 3-pointers.
Her final trey right at the end of the third quarter pushed the lead to the 49-26 mark heading into the final period.
The Lady Lions Matte McCraken finished with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
In the regular season meeting with Greenforest, the Lady Lions dropped a 49-39 decision.
“We would love to keep playing for our seniors,” Daniels said “They have meet so much to this program.”
Greenforest earned a first-round bye after finishing with a 17-5 overall record and a 6-2 region record.