Trinity basketball shows it’s ready for return to statewide prominence

Trinity basketball shows it’s ready for return to statewide prominence


Trinity basketball shows it’s ready for return to statewide prominence

It’s dangerous to predict postseason success based on summer-league play, but all indications show the Trinity High School basketball program is set to return to statewide prominence during the 2022-23 season.

The Shamrocks, featuring a solid mix of veterans and two talented newcomers, defeated Great Crossing 57-56 in a double overtime Sunday to capture the title in the 64-team bracket at the Titans Rockets Summer Shootout at Collins.

Trinity went 6-0 in the three-day event, beating Calloway County, Lincoln County, Bowling Green and Westminster Academy (Fla.) to reach Sunday’s final four. The Shamrocks knocked off defending state champion George Rogers Clark 60-46 in the semifinals before dispatching a young and talented Great Crossing squad in the final.

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“Honestly, we have about 5-10% of our playbook in right now,” Shamrocks coach Mike Szabo said. “But it’s not about that. It’s learning to sacrifice for one another. We have a talented team, and we’ve been talking about sacrificing all summer and not caring about our own individual things. It’s more about winning the game, whatever that takes.”

Trinity's Drae Vasser (2) shot a layup during the championship against Great Crossing in the Titans Rockets Summer Shootout at the Martha Layne Collins High School in Shelbyville, Ky.  on June 19, 2022. Trinity won 57-56 in sudden death OT.

Trinity won its second state championship in 2019 but hasn’t reached the Seventh Region final the past three seasons, going a combined 53-37 over that stretch.

Last season’s team — without a senior on the roster — went 17-16 and lost to Ballard in the first round of the regional.

The Shamrocks returned a pair of solid senior guards in Cam McClain and CJ Walls and 6-foot-8 senior center David Pfeifer, along with juniors Noah Lovan and Alex Johnson.

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