LUBBOCK - Trinity Valley did not get off to the best of starts Thursday at the Rip Griffin Center in its NJCAA Division I women’s quarterfinal matchup against Salt Lake (Utah).
The Lady Cardinals missed their first four shots and had a turnover to trail 7-0 with two minutes elapsed.
No. 6 seed Trinity Valley took over from that point and never trailed again, defeating No. 3 Salt Lake 63-54.
TVCC (30-3) advances to the semifinals against No. 2 seed Shelton State (Ala.) at 7 p.m. Friday at Rip Griffin.
Shelton State (33-1) won its quarterfinal 69-67 over ASA New York.
Maya Singleton scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead TVCC with Christalah Lyons scoring 14 and Naomi Davenport adding 12 for the Lady Cardinals.
Salt Lake was paced by 19 points from Tilar Clark and 14 from Iva Georgieva.
After their sluggish start, the Lady Cardinals blazed past Salt Lake to finish the first period on a 16-5 run. TVCC then outscored Salt Lake 25-10 in the second period to establish a 41-22 halftime advantage.
Salt Lake provided a surge of its own in the second, slicing TVCC’s lead to five points three different times, but the Lady Cardinals wouldn’t allow SL to get any closer.
TVCC men fall to Gillette
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Community College was upset in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
Kavell Bigby-Williams had a near triple-double in leading No. 8 Gillette (Wyoming) College to an 87-83 win over the top-ranked Cardinals at Hutchinson Sports Arena.
The Pronghorns (34-1) earn a Final Four berth, taking on No. 13 Salt Lake (Utah), a 105-76 winner over No. 12 Southwest Tennessee, at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Cardinals, the Region XIV champions, end their season at 33-2. It was TVCC’s first loss since Nov. 12, a 75-68 defeat to McLennan Community College, in Corsicana during the Lewis Orr Classic. The Pronghorns snapped TVCC’s 28-game winning streak.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-10 sophomore forward from London, led Gillette with 19 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks.
Hyron Edwards paced the Cardinals with 17 points.
The Pronghorns shot 48 percent (26 of 54) from the field and 3 of 10 from 3-point land. However, the Wyoming club was 32 of 46 from the free throw line.
TVCC shot just 34 percent (31 of 91). The Cards were 8 of 33 (24 percent) from 3-point and 13 of 17 from the charity stripe.
No. 8 Gillette (Wyoming) 87,
No. 1 Trinity Valley 83
Gillette 36 51 - 87
Trinity Valley 34 49 - 83
GILLETTE-Derrick Farquharson, 2; Marquese Grayson, 14; Joel Thabize, 15; Cameron Oluyitan, 13; Kavell Bigby-Williams, 19; Troy Green, 0; Caramoko Cisse, 5; Deishaun Booker, 19.
TRINITY VALLEY-Josh Stamps, 13; Leon Gilmore, 6; JC Washington, 11; Hyron Edwards, 17; Josh Robinson, 13; Stephen Edwards, 2; Brandon Holley, 13; Ryan Preston, 6; Shamiek Sheppard, 2; Isaac Allen, 0.
THREE POINT GOALS-GC 3-10 (Grayson 2-4, Oluyitan 1-3, Bigby-Williams 0-1, Booker 0-2), TVCC 8-33 (Stamps 1-4, Gilmore 0-2, Washington 1-2, H. Edwards 103, Robinson 2-10, S. Edwards 0-2, Holley 3-10). Fouled Out - Oluyitan, Gilmore, Washington, Robinson. Rebounds - GC: 48 (Bigby-Williams 20), TVCC 45 (Stamps, Robinson, Preston 7). Assists - GC: 18 (Booker 12), TVCC 16 (Robinson 4). Total Fouls - Gillette 17, TVCC 30. Technicals - TVCC.
RECORDS-Gillette 34-1, Trinity Valley 33-2.
NEXT UP-Gillette vs. Salt Lake (Utah), 6 p.m. Friday in semifinals. Trinity Valley season complete.