Still looking to get into a rhythm with its full team intact, Frederica Academy suffered a 49-43 defeat at the hands of visiting Trinity Christian.
The Knights battled hard in the first half to carry a three-point lead into the locker room, but the Crusaders blew the game open in the third quarter against a disjointed Frederica team. Trinity Christian won the third period 19-5 to take firm command on the contest.
“They ran a triangle and two on us tonight we weren’t ready for,” said Frederica head boys coach Carl Nash. “Instead of practicing we’re having to play games, and game, after game, after game, and we don’t get any practice time.
“We just got our football team back and I hate to use it for an excuse. I give all the credit to Trinity tonight. They played better than us. We didn’t shoot the ball well, we didn’t finish, we didn’t defend…”
A 10-0 run over the final three-plus minutes put the Crusaders in the drivers seat, but the Knights refused to go down with a whimper.
Jaylin Simpson scored six of his team-high 14 points in the final period, and Denver Anthony chipped in four more, finishing with 12 as the team cut the deficit to single digits.
“I think what we can take from it is, we didn’t give up and that we kept fighting until the end,” Nash said. “I thought the kids that came off the bench played really well, played hard.”
Still, Frederica was ultimately unable to draw to within closer than six points against its Region 2-3A rival, though it’ll be aiming for a rematch in the region tournament.
The Knights hope they can continue to improve until tournament time, but with little time between games to fit in practices, it will likely make for a difficult task.
“We really won’t get a chance to practice,” Nash said. “And it’s a little unnerving.
“But the thing of it is, what I do think what’ll happen is, we’ll get better with every game and we’ll have a chance to be ready for the region tournament.”
Frederica Academy won the second football state championship in program history in December — a historic accomplishment for the school, but one that’s set them back on the court.
The core of the Knights’ basketball team wasn’t able to come together until after Christmas break.
“I’m very proud of our football team, there’s probably nobody that cheers them louder than I do, but not having those guys for so long, not getting them back until after Christmas, it’s an uphill battle,” Nash said. “Teams have played 9, 10, 11, 12 games with everybody they have on their team, and we’ve played three games with all of our guys without practice time.”
Trinity Christian 42
Frederica girls 30
Frederica Academy made a ferocious comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to climb out of the hole it had dug itself into in a 42-30 loss Friday against Trinity Christian.
The Crusaders’ girls used crisp ball movement on the offensive end, and a well-ran zone defense, to race out to a 19-3 advantage by the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to as many as 23 points before the Knights could respond.
Trinity Christian’s defenders moved on a string as they flew around the perimeter, working hard to challenge every pass and collapsing if the ball found its way inside the arc.
The Knights were unable to generate much offense outside of the Scott twins. Jada Scott had 13 points, and Jadyn Scott added 12 more as the duo combined for 25 of the team’s 30 points.
Despite the large deficit, Frederica outscored Trinity 13-2 in the fourth quarter, giving a team a defensive quarter it can build off of in the coming games.
Frederica Academy basketball will host the Westfield. Tipoff for the first game is set for 2 p.m.