Girls basketball bounces into new season



Senior Riley DeRubbo gets into position as she prepares to shoot the ball into the hoop.

The pungent aroma of a freshly polished gym floor hits the crowd like a gust of wind. The athletes are anxiously warming up on the court, while the audience watches as the clock sets off the blaring sound of a horn. 

The Trinity girls basketball team is kicking off their 2019-2020 season, and they are preparing for the challenges they will soon face. 

Trinity team plans to accomplish so much this season with their new head coach, Kathy McConnel-Miller. In her previous years, she took on the role of associate head coach for the Pitt Panthers girls basketball team. Now, she is taking on the role of becoming a Hiller coach.

She admires the strong bond of the leaders at Trinity High School. The reputation of the girls convinced her to act on this opportunity and she was thoroughly impressed by the dedication and commitment that the players possess.

“I hold them to a pretty high standard on the floor I am consistent and I have the ability to switch between who I am as a coach on and off the floor. I believe in establishing strong relationships with our players,” said McConnel-Miller.

Every team has goals and values, and the Trinity girl’s basketball team has set several. They plan on overcoming their weakness of ensuring everyone gets playing time. Another goal is to keep everyone in good health and in the best shape possible for the upcoming game. The girls practice defense, footwork, and communication, to keep their skills sharp. 

“One of our main goals would be to make it to the WPIAL final. We’d get there if we continue staying committed to working hard,” said Riley DeRubbo, senior. 

For the 2019-2020 season, there are expectations of who on the team will become a leader. Kaylin Venick, junior, is a candidate for leadership because she is hardworking and great at communicating both on and off the court. 

Starting varsity as a freshman in basketball, let alone any sport isn’t an easy feat. Eden Williamson, freshman, is seeing some valuable time on the court. Aside from being exposed to the varsity level, she plans on taking every opportunity to better herself both physically and mentally for the game.

“It’s definitely been really cool to see my goals come to the forefront,” said Williamson.

Trinity girls basketball is placed in 5A Section 3, with some of the toughest teams in the WPIAL (Western 

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League). Official practice started November 18, 2019, but they also had optional practices that started around the third week of September. Their next home game is Monday, February 3, 2020, at Hiller Hall against Lincoln Park at 6:30 P.M.