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Trinity basketball beats PRP in battle of attrition in LIT quarterfinals

Shamrocks are short two starters, PRP one

10:37 PM, Jan. 18, 2013 EST

Trinity Rocks forward-center Raymond Spalding tries to shoot despite the and in his face by Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers' forward Lamontray Harris in the quarter final of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. 18 January 2012 / David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier-Journal

Down two starters, the Trinity High School basketball team isn't feeling sorry for itself.

James Quick and Craig Owens made sure of it Friday night, teaming for 39 points as the Shamrocks beat Pleasure Ridge Park 61-44 in the quarterfinals of the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley.

Seniors Darryl Hicks (foot injury) and Sam Strothman (flu) are out indefinitely, but the Shamrocks continued to find scoring from other sources to reach today's semifinals.

"We just have to lean on our teammates," Quick said. "We have to depend on each other to step up and fill those spots."

Quick had 21 points and Owens added 18 points, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals as defending LIT champion Trinity (13-4) -- No. 1 in The Courier-Journal's Litkenhous Ratings -- advanced to face No. 8 Fairdale (13-4) at 11:30 a.m. today. The winner will move on to tonight's 7:45 final.

LaMontray Harris had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 6 PRP (16-5), which also lost to Trinity 69-52 last month in the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic.

The Panthers played Friday without senior guard Taywan Taylor, who is making his official football recruiting visit to Colorado State this weekend.

"He's the aggressor going to the hole, and he's strong," PRP coach Dale Mabrey said of Taylor. "He takes a beating, and it doesn't bother him. We didn't have anybody out there tonight that would take it to them."

It showed on the stat sheet, as half of the Panthers' 44 shots came from 3-point range. They shot a respectable 7 of 22 out there, but the misses were costly.

"We hit a few ... so we thought that was the only way to get back to the promised land," Mabrey said. "Then they were getting the long rebounds, and it was layup, layup, layup."

D'Angelo Hunter's 3-pointer from the left corner pulled PRP within 43-40 with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter, but Trinity closed the game with an 18-4 surge.

Miles Rice's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 46-40, and Quick's layup capped an 8-0 run that made it 51-40 at the 3:48 mark. Hunter's basket cut it to 51-42 with 2:48 left, but the Panthers never got closer.

The 6-foot-3 Owens, who anchored the middle of Trinity's 2-3 zone, said he was excited to face the 6-7 Harris, his teammate on the Louisville Magic AAU team.

"I play with Harris, so I know his game," said Owens, who shot 8 of 10 from the field. "I just attacked him and went to the free-throw line and made all of my layups."



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