It wasn't exactly the Trojans and Spartans, but when two groups of Warriors met for the nightcap at the state tournament on Thursday, quite an ugly, physical and competitive battle broke out.
No. 4 Trinity survived a first half that's probably replayed in the worst nightmares of statisticians everywhere, and turned it around with a last-minute rally to earn a 38-36 win over No. 5 Pocahontas County, earning a date with No. 1 St. Joseph in the semifinals. That game will tip at 7:15 tonight.
It was quite an exciting end to what had been a defensive slugfest.
Pocahontas led almost the entire way, including by four with less than two minutes left. But a couple of ill-timed turnovers followed by breakaway layups proved to be fatal mistakes in a 6-0 Trinity run.
For the record, Megan Myers had the tying basket and Meagan Triplett hit what would become the game winner.
Still, Pocahontas had one last chance, but couldn't get two jump shots or a layup to fall as time ran out. That opportunity was set up by a five-second call against Trinity.
Those late layups for Trinity were as easy as any bucket came in the entire game, and any easy offense for either team was welcomed.
Trinity also came up with some huge offensive rebounds down the stretch, if for no other reason than it was able to keep possession. Much of that was due to Pocahontas' Miranda McNabb fouling out with 3:19 left.
Early, it looked like Trinity was a little more at ease under the bright lights than its opponent. Pocahontas turned the ball over quickly on its first three possessions and came up empty from point-blank range several times in the opening moments.