The Troy Buchanan girls basketball team got off to a flying start on Monday, Nov. 25, away from home at St. Dominic High School.

The Trojans won the game 62-44.

The Trojans had the win in the palm of their hands for the vast majority of the game. The only times they trailed the Crusaders were in the opening minutes and briefly in the second half.

“It’s great to start the year off with a win. We have a lot of things to work on, but its better to learn from a win than a loss any day,” Troy Head Coach Damond Lacy said.

His went into halftime leading 24-20, but after the halftime interval, the Crusaders came out high pressing the Trojans, making it really difficult for them to get out of their own half of the court. 

Lacy called a timeout after his team struggled to break the high press to make sure that the momentum didn’t shift too drastically and to get all his players on the same page.

“When we took our timeout, it was a chance to calm down and get on the same page. We just got a little out of control and had to make sure each person knew their job and were all on the same page,” Lacy said.

And from then on, the Trojans had far less trouble getting out of the press, often catching the Crusaders completely stretched for easy baskets.

Lacy is working with a pretty young team this year, with only two seniors, two juniors and six sophomores. But those young players are showing a lot of promise.

“My younger players had moments of nervous mistakes, but I was proud of the overall performance. I’m excited because the more we play, the better they are going to get. Hailey Jolliff came up big for us off the bench with a good shooting night. We needed her points,” Lacy said.

The entire Troy team played a part in the game against St. Dominic.

“Makenna DeClue shot the ball well and did a great job rebounding. Maggie Illig grabbed nine rebounds in limited minutes because of foul trouble. Mak Caldwell grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 10 points,” Lacy said.

Those 20 rebounds were huge and Caldwell really cemented herself as a presence in the post against the Crusaders.

“[Caldwell] is athletic and has a great motor and with a good mindset, she could be a rebounding force for us this year,” Lacy said.

The first game is out of the way and the first win came along with it, but Lacy knows that he and his team have a long season ahead of them.

“We have a long way to go as far as improvements go, but if our kids keep competing and playing hard we will get there,” Lacy said.

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