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Lighthouse Star Trinity Barnes Eclipses 1,000 Points

Trinity Barnes has always had a knack for scoring, and she keeps getting better.

The standout junior, who spent her freshman year at West Side before transferring to Lighthouse, has raised her scoring output every season of her prep career. This season, Barnes is averaging a team-high 25.8 points per game for the Lions, and her consistency as a scoring option has helped her reach another milestone.

While facing DeKalb in the Goshen tournament on Jan. 2, the junior drained a 3-pointer to eclipse 1,000 points in her high school career.

"I didn't even know how many points I needed to get to (1,000 points) because they wouldn't tell me," Barnes said. "I knew I was close, so it felt pretty good. ... It took a lot of work, but it's worth it."

Barnes thanked her teammates and coaching staff, which includes her father, Willie, for helping her reach her latest achievement. She said her dad has coached her for nearly her entire career and the few times that he wasn't on the sidelines, he was often one of the loudest fans in the gym.

The two of them have always shared a tight bond through basketball, but with yet another accolade under her belt, Barnes wishes her father would admit that she is finally better than him.

"Every now and then we'll have a free-throw shooting contest, because he swears that he can shoot free throws better than me," Barnes said with a laugh. "I definitely beat him."

Lighthouse, which is on a four-game losing streak, has been limited to nine contests this season due to coronavirus issues within their opponents' programs.

Lions coach Tim Mays hopes that his team can remain healthy and use Barnes' achievement as a stepping stone for the latter stage of the regular season and postseason.

"I remember when I first met her in middle school (at Portage Christian) because my kids and Trinity all went to the same middle school. That's when I got introduced to her and her dad," Mays said. "Just to see her growth and commitment to the game of basketball, seeing her (eclipse 1,000 points) was like icing on the cake because she works so hard."

Stepping it up

South Central is one of the most balanced teams in the Region. The Satellites had three players averaging double figures in scoring ahead of their road game against Knox on Tuesday, including Olivia Marks.

The sophomore forward is averaging 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season, compared to 7.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman.

South Central coach Wes Bucher anticipated that Marks would return as a better player, and it didn't take long for him to receive confirmation of that.

"One of the things that I noticed right away is that she's created a bit of an up-and-under move that she did not have last year," Bucher said. "She brought it out the first day of practice, and I remember thinking, 'Man oh man.' ... It was really neat to see that growth even with a limited offseason."

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