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Leyden’s 27 power Trinity past Resurrection

12/01/2012, 6:26pm CST
By Chris Pellizzari

Mikayla Leyden, who missed the first two games of the season due to a knee injury, scored 27 points to lead No. 2 Trinity to a 62-46 victory against host Resurrection on Saturday.

Trinity showed why it’s one of the elite teams in the state with an impressive 62-46 win at Resurrection on Saturday.

Mikayla Leyden, who missed the first two games of the season due to a knee injury, erupted for 27 points to lead the No.2 Blazers (3-0), who demonstrated how quickly they can put up points in a first-period scoring tear. Trailing 9-3 with 5:13 left in the period, Trinity responded with a 15-2 run that included nine points from Lauren Prochaska (14 points) and six points from Taylor Nazon (15 points), all off the fast break.

“We have a really fast team,” said Prochaska. “We have fast guards that can get us easy baskets.”

Resurrection cut the lead to 22-17 with 3:03 left in the half, but Leyden responded with a three that stopped the momentum. She then buried two threes on Trinity’s last two possessions of the half to extend the lead to 37-24.

“We run a lot of plays to get people open for threes. I had a couple good looks and knocked them down,” Leyden said.

Trinity was also dominant on defense, forcing 24 turnovers. In the third period, Resurrection had more turnovers (eight) than points (four) as the Blazers’ lead ballooned to 50-28 heading into the final eight minutes.

Last year Trinity lost to Young in a sectional final and the team is looking forward to a possible rematch.

“We’re a good team. We’ve come out big in our first three games and we think we can play this way for the rest of the season,” said Prochaska.

Leyden is also confident with where the team is at.

“We would like to beat Young and go to state,” Leyden said.

Resurrection was led in scoring by senior guard Liz Rehberger with 21 points. Kate Moriarty added eight points and seven rebounds.

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