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CATCHING UP WITH: Trinity Presbyterian Wildcats

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos Courtesy of Trinity Athletics

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – After losing eight seniors last season, the Trinity Wildcats took the floor working to establish their identity first and then find wins along the way. According to coach Matt Arrighi – given those factors – the season is going as expected.

Arrighi: “We have played some very good teams in Wetumpka, Lafayette, St. James and Highland Home and then we’ve played some weaker teams. Our schedule will be difficult for us moving forward.”

Through 14 games Trinity is 9-5. Most recently, the Wildcats defeated B.T. Washington Magnet 53-46 and were led by Cal Bennett and Wesley Stallings. The pair finished the affair with 11 points each. Jackson Taylor scored nine. Across the stat sheet, the Wildcats had nine different shooters score.

Arrighi: “Looking at what we had leaving and what we have all the way down to junior high – we tried to retool a system that was going to work for the talent we have. Now, one thing we do have is the ability to go 10-deep on the bench. That gives us a chance to press a little more and a chance to hopefully create in transition.”

The Wildcats – before celebrating the new year – made short work of Thorsby, ripping the Rebels 73-43 behind the shooting of Bennett and his 27 points. Mac Stewart added 10 points and for the second consecutive game, nine different Trinity shooters put points in the book.

Arrighi: “We do have some weaknesses  and part of that is playing without a true point. But he’s torn two ACL’s since ninth grade and we are working him back into the rotation slowly. Hopefully when we get into mid-January – we’ll begin turning a corner.”

That corner needs to be taken on two wheels as the Wildcats are in for a fight from here to the postseason. Trinity will match up with traditional rivals and foes: Prattville Christian, Montgomery Catholic and The Montgomery Academy.

Arrighi: “That’s the thing about our area – Anybody can win it and anybody can lose it. We are all different – PCA is going to shoot a lot of threes and Catholic is still going to be good and the top guy until you knock him off. But any team is capable of doing that and winning.”

The Wildcats tangled with St. James Monday and will end the week a few miles down the road at Montgomery Academy.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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