"It's All About The Game"

SSSA repelled Hawks






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Alexandria battle prepared both teams for conference play.

January 10, 2015 - Last week St. Stephens/St. Agnes got out to a 31-16, second quarter lead over Hayfield, using a sagging man defense to befuddle the Hawks. The final score stood 67-51.

As Hayfield's head coach Carlos Poindexter noted "We were going to go into Tyler (Hodge) every time, but then they packed it in. It was kind of hard for us to do that". He also lamented "we didn't execute offensively at all today. And we didn't play any defense. When we give up 67 points to a team whose best player didn't even play in the second half, that's bad".

SSSA's Andrew Trainer.

That player would be senior SSSA forward Collin Goss, who rested his knee during the final 16 minutes. He finished with four points and five rebounds and is headed to play both hoops and baseball at Georget Washington next year.

The Hawks would have moments, but could never get over the proverbial hump. Senior shooting guard Tyler Hodge led Hayfield with 18 points. Senior point guard followed with 12 points for the Hawks, currently 3-7 on the year.

SSSA's junior forward Andrew Trainer led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and eight rebounds. this, despite not playing some of the third and most of the fourth quarter.

Senior shooting guard Michael Janowski had 14 points, while sophomore guard Denmark Slay finished with 10 points.

The Saints, now 8-5, have since defeated Georgetown Prep, and travel around the corner to neighboring rival Episcopal for their first Interstate Athletic Conference match up, Tuesday, January 13th.

Hayfield, which after SSSA lost to Wakefield, steps into conference play Tuesday, hosting fellow Virginia Conference 6 member Yorktown.

Player Notes:

Andrew Trainer, 6'7", 230 pound junior forward, SSSA - Another two sport standout, Trainer indicated afterward interest from "ACC schools and the Big Ten" is being received (he's a tight end), while Virginia has offered.

Colgate and Bucknell have shown interest basketball-wise. He noted "I couldn't say right now" whether hoops or football is preferred.

Tyler Hodge, going to the cup.

In basketball, trainer is a rugged forward that will play over either shoulder. Plays under the rim, but welcomes contact. Better dribbling will help expand trainer's offensive game, which includes decently hitting mid-range shots.

Tyler Hodge, 6'3", 200 pound senior shooting guard, Hayfield - A stellar wide receiver, Hodge has received gridiron offers from Rhode Island, Central Connecticut, and others, while Virginia Tech has indicated preferred walk-on status is available to him.

In hoops, he's a strong shooting guard, one that will spot up but also loves to drive, accepting contact on the way; he's more of a straight line driver at this point, but has good body control.

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