Lady Knights dominate Titans

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

Triway coach B.J. Sanderson wanted to see where his team stood after its 3-0 start, and a visit to the Dungeon for a date with West Holmes was as good a place to find out as any.

After the Titans dropped their first game 60-29 to the 5-0 Knights, Sanderson saw his team still has a ways to go.

The Knights scored the first eight points of the game as Laina Snyder scored six inside and Natalie Abraham added another score from close range.

After Micah Findley scored on a layup to get the Titans on the board, Rachelle Morrison busted a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Knights an 11-2 advantage.

Abraham added two more scores to give West Holmes a 15-4 lead after the opening eight minutes of action.

"We're not the first team they're going to do this to this year," Sanderson said. "They've done it a lot and they're going to continue to do it. They're that good. They are one of the best teams we're going to play all year.

"They're tough to guard. You take away the paint, they kick it out to their shooters," Sanderson added. "Try and take away the shooters and they attack off the dribble. If you jump the ball with two people, they drop it down to Snyder, and Laina's just a handful to guard."

The junior sometimes post, sometimes guard of the Knights led the assault with another all-around impressive game, scoring 21 points to go with 10 rebounds (seven on the offensive end), four assists and three steals.

"She's tough to defend. She can do everything," West Holmes coach Lisa Patterson said of Snyder. "Inside, outside and her rebounding … that creates so much when she can come in and clean up the glass like she does."

The Knights extended their lead to 29-6 in the second quarter as the West Holmes defense held Triway without a field goal and only two free throws in the period.

"After the first half, we were hoping to hold them, but that proved difficult," Patterson said. "I played 12 kids a lot. It was very, very balanced as far as our minutes.

"We have to do that to give people time to develop and prove what they can do. Then, when a game is a little tighter, you know who you can depend on and who you can't."

While Snyder was the lone player in double figures for the Knights, 11 different players scored in all. Abraham finished with eight, while Morrison and Molnar each chipped in six.

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