Girls basketball: Trina Coleman running the show again for Morgan Township
By LaMond Pope 648-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 14, 2013 11:10PM
Morgan Township's Trina Coleman attempts to shoot as she is guarded by Washington Township's Bethany Kingery during the PCC girls tournament semifinals held at Morgan Township High School on Friday January 18, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:38PM
Trina Coleman landed awkwardly and banged up a knee on the second possession of the Nov. 6 season opener at Westville.
As the Morgan Township junior inched closer to full strength, she separated her left shoulder Nov. 29 against Argos.
Coleman is now healthy and inflicting pain on the opposition. She averaged 20 points in the last three games, leading Morgan Township to its second consecutive sectional crown. The Cherokees (14-10) will take on Oregon-Davis (21-3) in a Class 1A regional semifinal Saturday.
“I tried to do as much as I could to help my team win,” Coleman said. “I just tried and tried and the points fell. It helped a lot.”
Coleman is getting hot at the right time. The 5-foot-7 point guard is averaging 19.2 points in the last five games.
“She’s getting healthy and she’s playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger said. “It’s not just one thing that she’s doing. She’s hitting 3s. She’s taking it to the basket. She’s setting up her teammates with assist passes. She’s rebounding. She’s playing excellent defense. She’s really kind of led the charge and the girls have followed her lead.”
Coleman leads the team in scoring (14.5 points per game), steals (four per game), assists (2.4) and free throw percentage (72 percent). She is also averaging four rebounds.
“She’s pulled through and performed well for us,” teammate Courtney Osby said. “It’s helped a lot (having her back). She helps organize us all. Without her, it’s just a mess. “
“As a freshman, she was on a senior-dominated team so she didn’t really have to lead very much,” Krieger said. “By the end of the year, as a point guard, everybody looked to her. She stepped up last year toward the end of the year and became a very good leader. She is the unquestioned leader on the floor for us.”
Krieger said Coleman missed three games because of the shoulder injury.
“It kind of stinks. You have to learn what you can and cannot do and how it’s going to limit you,” Coleman said. “You have to adapt to it and do other things. It’s difficult, but I’ve gotten used to it.”
In the three sectional games, Coleman had 25 points in the 52-42 win against Kouts, 17 points in the 47-42 victory against Washington Township and 18 points in the 46-37 title game win against Lacrosse.
“She’s really improved her shooting,” Krieger said. “It’s taken two-thirds of the year for her to feel healthy enough to kind of get in a good rhythm.”
Morgan Township has had to battle through injuries all year long. Krieger said seven of the original nine varsity players missed games due to injury.
Overcoming those obstacles have added to this postseason run.
“With injuries and stuff like that, we’ve had to adapt a lot more than we did last year,” Coleman said. “But overall, we are in the same spot so I’m happy.”