The basics: Collegiate was successful against Trinity’s zone the entire game, shooting 57 percent from the field (25 of 44) to win the Class 4A-Division II sub-state title at Clearwater. The Spartans committed 13 turnovers in the first half, but took better care of the ball in a decisive third quarter. Collegiate was also more effective defensively against Trinity’s Alex Bearup after the break. Bearup made four three-pointers and had 14 points at halftime, but only five in the second half.
Key stretch: Collegiate was outstanding in the third quarter, making 11 of 17 shots and scoring 25 points to take a 50-40 lead. Sophomore Kennedy Brandenburg hit a jumper and a three-pointer from the top of the key on Collegiate’s first two possessions of the second half. Loan’Anh Johnson made all four of her field-goal attempts in the third, while Kirby Krumsick was 3 for 3.
Standouts: Johnson matched Bearup with a game-high 19 points for Collegiate. Brandenburg scored 13 of her 15 in the second half and Krumsick added 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
What they said: “We were surprised to only be down two at half,” Collegiate coach Greg Lower said. “I was preaching that to them. We’re a different team than we were earlier in the season. We would have come out nervous in big games, but they didn’t do that tonight in the second half.”
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What it means: Collegiate earns its first 4A-II tournament berth, its first state appearance since winning the 3A title in 2011. The Spartans won five of their last seven to improve to 9-13 under Lower. The Spartans also denied top-seeded Trinity its third consecutive state appearance.
Collegiate: Tolbert 3, Parkhurst 8, Reed 8, Krumsick 10, Johnson 19, Brandenburg 15, Waddell 2.
Trinity: Schrag 11, Snodgrass 4, Brodie 3, Bearup 19, Lesser 5, Hollinger 9, Alderson 2, Knocke 1.