The Trinity Baptist College women’s basketball team played the first of three games in which it will participate as part of the Pensacola Classic held at Pensacola Christian College. On Thursday, the Eagles played the Falcons of Randall University. Trinity played solid basketball, but Randall’s early surge turned into a 100-49 victory for the Falcons.

Diamond Alford and Natalia Lopez hit double digits for the Eagles, who, after a tough first quarter, shot 36% combined in Quarters 2-4, including 57% in the fourth. Alford was 7 for 24 from the field and connected on three three-point shots to compile her team-high point total. Lopez, playing in her first basketball game after finishing the volleyball season, shot 40% (6 for 15) from the field and hit both free throw attempts.

Meagan Gooden contributed seven points for the Eagles while Shaina Hill (6), Shay Jackson (2), and Siena Robinson (2) added points in the effort. Trinity shot a very good 78% from the free-throw line.

After finishing up on the soccer field, Courtney Blanset joined the roster. Blanset adds depth, and she figures to help the Eagles in many ways.

Randall got off to a big lead early and never trailed. Five Falcons scored 10 or more with Izzy Bacon leading all scorers with 25 points. Morgan Fletcher followed with 17 while Karly Cole (14), Madi Chalfant (12), and Kourtney Jones (11) each topped double digits.

On Friday, Trinity will battle the NAIA’s Faulkner University Eagles in Game 2 of the Pensacola Classic. Tip off is at 5:00 p.m. EST. The Classic will conclude on Saturday when Trinity plays Judson College at 12:00 noon. The next home game is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, versus Warner University at 7:00 p.m.

–Raymond Bureau