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Beginning his 20th season as head coach, Brian Trull witnessed a dubious first from his 2019-20 Wilson Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team in its season opener at home Tuesday evening.
The Lady Chargers failed to score a field goal in the second half in dropping a 34-16 decision to a Grace Christian of Sanford squad that upped its record to 2-0 behind Anna Baraldi, a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Associaton 1-A All-State performer last season.
In the second half, WCA got only a pair of free throws Olivia Vick in the third quarter and a foul shot from Paige Barnes with two minutes, 53 seconds remaining.
The Lady Chargers trailed 9-8 after one quarter and 19-13 at intermission.
I thought at halftime, we were still in the game,” Trull reported. “But in the second half, we could do absolutely nothing right — absolutely nothing.
“They have a new coach, and we were not prepared for their 1-3-1 press and that’s on us (the coaches). But what I consider to be our best three players combined to hit one field goal. You are not going to win that many basketball games with that kind of offensive efficiency. Our youth was also evident a little bit.”
Baraldi tossed in 13 points for the Lady Crusaders, who lost to WCA last season.
Senior Ashley Hartsfield managed five points for WCA. Vick grabbed five rebounds and Madison Carnes notched three steals.
WCA sank 6-of-8 free throws but hit only 5-of-28 shots from the floor. Turnovers totaled 24.
“I’m not discouraged, althought it would be easy to be discouraged,” Trull said. “We are still figuring a lot of things out.”
WCA welcomes DASH United on Friday evening.
GRACE CHRISTIAN (34)
Staudenmayer 2, Stadler, Baraldi 13, Michael, Fasig, Prater 4, Schmitt, Miller 7, Cook 8, Strickland.
WILSON CHRISTIAN (16)
Hunter, Renfrow, Carnes 1, Tant 3, Petty, Hartsfield 5, Vick 2, Parker 4, Bass, Nesbit, Hoskins, Gossett, Willard, Provo, Barnes 1.
Score by quarters:
Grace Christian 9 10 9 6 — 34
WCA 8 5 2 1 — 16