Madison Central boys basketball coach Allen Feldhaus was hoping the Indians would carry the momentum from a big 75-73 win over a tough Frederick Douglass team on Monday into Friday's game against the defending state champions.
That didn't happen.
Trinity (12-10) blasted the Indians (9-12) with a big run at the start of the game and led by double digits just after the first quarter, then rolled to a 61-53 win in Richmond.
Central was able to rally twice, but could not staunch another late run by Trinity.
"I thought the first four minutes was ridiculous and I think that's where we lost the game," Feldhaus said after the loss. "They just played harder than us, that was the most disappointing thing of all. Our guys just didn't play hard. After that first quarter, it was like we were playing uphill the entire rest of the game."
Trinity took an 18-7 lead after the first quarter, but Central came clawing back in the second.
The Indians shocked the Shamrocks with an 11-0 run to start the second quarter.
Kole Browne drained a three-pointer to spark the scoring spurt. Will Hardin blocked a shot and then seconds later got a lay-up on the other end of the court. Braeden Ray and Jaylen Davis knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cap the run and tie the game up 18-18 with five minutes left till halftime.
"I had to get on them," Feldhaus said of the quick turnaround. "We got back into the game, but we shouldn't have been in that situation in the first place -- down by 10 points in the first quarter at home."
Back-to-back three-pointers kept the Shamrocks in front, but the Indians were able to trim Trinity's lead to just three points at halftime, 28-25.
However, once again, the Shamrocks raced out on explosive run to start the second half.
Trinity connected on five-straight three-pointers to take a 43-30 lead over the Indians.
Freshman Cam McClain drained four-straight for the Shamrocks on the run. The guard was 6-of-10 from the three point line on Friday and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
"We can't stop the dribble and (Trinity) does a great job of finding the open man. They played smarter than us. I thought maybe the freshman they had might get three on us, but six for the game ... We just were not doing a good job of guarding," Feldhaus said.
Thanks to the three-pointer scoring spurt, the Indians trailed by 10 points going into the final quarter, 47-37.
Ray got the Indians back in the game with seven-straight points and was able to cut the Shamrocks lead back to five points with two minutes to go.
It was the closest Central would get as Trinity shot 6-of-8 from the charity stripe in the last seconds of the game.
Kole Browne led the Indians with 21 points, three rebounds and four assists. Braeden Ray had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Trey Skaggs had eight points and Jaylen Davis had six points.
Trinity shot 45 percent from the field on Friday, 57.9 percent (11of-19) from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
Central shot 44.7 percent for the game, 47 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the charity stripe.
The Shamrocks had seven steals on Friday.
Trinity out-rebounded Central 31-21 and had five second-chance points while the Indians had none
The Indians only had two trips to the line on Friday, while the Shamrocks had 18.
"We have struggled with that… We don't get fouls and we just shoot four at home. We need to get some guys in there that can draw some contact and learn how to get us to the foul line," Feldhaus said.
The Indians will travel to Pikeville today to take on the Panthers.
"It will be a long bus ride," Feldhaus said. "However, we have a chance to redeem ourselves pretty quickly."