Trojans Basketball, Fans Shine On Spirit Night
Trojans Basketball, Fans Shine On Spirit Night
Mike Brantley

As part of a yearly tradition during Catholic Schools Week, the Walsingham Academy basketball teams hosted a triple-header on Friday night in front of hundreds of their students, families, teachers, and supporters. This year's games did not disappoint as the Trojans pulled away with two victories on the night and a thrilling varsity girls game.

JV Boys: Walsingham 53, Christchurch 38

The JV boys basketball team improved to 13-4 on the season with a 53-38 win over Christchurch. Jordon Horne '22 led the Trojans with 13 points and 12 rebounds. A balanced effort saw 10 Trojans score in the game including Aiden Wynne (nine points); Jayden Evans (seven); Trey Christman (six); Davis Neighbor (five); Joey Masiak (four); Cooper Bailey (three); and Travis Chamberliss, Gordon Mavritte and Elias Carr each with two poinst.

The Trojans return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in a TCIS matchup at Peninsula Catholic.

Varsity Girls: Veritas Collegiate 47, Walsingham 45

The varsity girls basketball team lost in heartbreaking fashion as the Spartans of Veritas Collegiate knocked down two free-throws with three seconds left in the game to earn the 47-45 victory.

The Trojans played an outstanding game, making several clutch shots in defeat. The Trojans out-rebounded the Spartans 50-41, thanks in large part to a Walsingham girls basketball single-game record 26 rebounds by Julia Wilson '22! This broke a 25-year-old record set in 1994 by Renee Fincke when she grabbed 25 rebounds in a game. Not only did Julia dominate on the boards, but she had an outstanding offensive game as well, finishing with 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting.

Olivia LeJeune '20 scored 12 points including a trio of three-point plays as she drove to the basket and made the shot while getting fouled. Porter Marshall added 6 points, knocking down a pair of 3 pointers, including a buzzer beater at the end of the 3rd quarter that gave the Trojans a one-point lead at the time. Frankie Riggs '20, Clara Riggs '23, Becky Villeda '22, and Rachel Owens '22 played great defense and combined for 11 rebounds.

Next up the Trojans will travel to Peninsula Catholic for a TCIS game on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Varsity Boys: Walsingham 71, Veritas Collegiate 56

The varsity boys basketball team picked up their fourth consecutive win on Friday night as they defeated Veritas Collegiate, 71-56.

The Trojans (18-6, 5-2 TCIS) outscored the Spartans in all four quarters on their way to victory. Jaylin Stewart '19 led the Trojans offensively as he scored 30 points and added six assists. Jaylin has now scored 1,993 career points and is on the verge of becoming just the third member in Walsingham history to reach the 2,000-point milestone.

Marcus Banks '21 continued his impressive shooting as he knocked down three first quarter three-pointers on his way to 17 points. Sam Jones '19 filled up the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, five blocks, and three steals. Braden Exton '19 nearly double-doubled as he scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Henry Kalnius '21 also added four points for the Trojans.

The Trojans will look to continue their winning ways as they face Peninsula Catholic on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The varsity boys have just one remaining regular season home game, a 2018 TCIS Championship rematch with Norfolk Academy, on Tuesday, Feb. 12. This game will also be Senior Night for Jaylin Stewart, Sam Jones, Braden Exton, and Liam Miller.