At this point in the basketball season, the Trenton Tigers girls squad is off to a tremendous 8-0 start. Most recently, Trenton defeated Kenmare on Tuesday; winning by a final score of 43-28.
According to Trenton head coach Bob Turcotte, part of the reason for his team’s great success thus far lies in the fact that his core group of players possess a great cohesive bond. Two Tigers who exemplify this bond on the court happen to be a pair of sophomores who are fraternal twin sisters.
Alyssa and Alexa St. Pierre, both Trenton natives who have been playing basketball together since the fourth grade, have sparked the Tigers to a dominant showing in the first eight games of the season. During that span, Trenton has defeated their opponents by an average of just over 40 points per game.
Alexa St. Pierre, a guard, says that although the Tigers were coming off of a successful 18-7 campaign last year, she didn’t quite know what to expect heading into this season on the hardwood. As a result, her team’s hot start is all the more exciting. “It’s hard to explain because when we competed against other teams this past summer, we did well, but they didn’t have their complete lineups in the game,” St. Pierre shares. “I think we all felt pretty confident, but you never really know how things are going to shake out when the regular season starts.”
While coach Turcotte describes Alexa as a solid player and steady shooter, he says Alyssa, a forward, utilizes her all-around skills as a shooter, passer and rebounder to make a major impact for the club. In a recent game against Tioga, Alyssa posted 17 points while Alexa scored 16 en route to a lopsided victory for the Tigers.
In addition to being very talented athletes, Alexa and Alyssa reveal their passion for basketball is a family affair. While the siblings’ father, Randy, and mother, Jennifer, both enjoyed competing on the hardwood, their two younger sisters, eighth grader Allyson, and fifth grader Alayna, enjoy the game of basketball as well. Both Tiger varsity standouts think having such a tight-knit basketball family helps fuel their success at the high school level. “The excitement of making baskets and helping teammates is what keeps the game fun and interesting for all of us,” Alexa St. Pierre says.
Because of their excellence on the court, both as a duo and as a collective unit so far, the St. Pierre sisters say winning the District 15 championship this season is their ultimate goal for Trenton. However, the sophomores understand that there is still plenty of basketball to be played until their goal can become a reality. “We like to run a fast break style of offense, so I think the key for us will be to keep pushing the ball up the floor and working hard throughout every game,” Alyssa St. Pierre adds. “We love to help each other out, and help our teammates out as well, it definitely makes the game more fun.”
Article copied from "The Williston Herald"