Adversity and how you react sometimes determines the character of an individual or a team. For the Troy Trojans this season, injuries, sickness and weather proved to present problems but they stormed back to play their best effort in post-season. Although they lost 74-55 to Fort Zumwalt South in the Class 5 sectional round Wednesday, they did set a new mark for the program by winning their fourth straight district title. They defeated Wentzville Holt 67-63 in overtime in the title game. The loss to South ended Troy’s season at 8-21.
“This is something (district) we had talked about during the pre-season,” said Coach Ryan Meyers. “The kids put that goal on the board as they prepared to begin the post-season. With all the adversity we had this season, the kids never once quit and we were in a lot of close games. Their competitiveness, I believe, helped them win two games in overtime during districts.”
In the district win, JD Powell led Troy with 24 points followed by Tanner Ludwig with 18 and Adam Mennemeyer had 16 points. Brady Busateri led Holt with 16 and Jon Main followed with 15 points. Holt maintained a lead throughout the game and the Trojans rallied twice in the final minutes of regulation forcing overtime.
“I felt our seniors JD, Tanner and Connor (Wiemann) provided the necessary leadership throughout the year and especially in the post-season,” said Meyers.
In the sectional game played at Lindenwood University, Troy came out strong in the first half and scored four three-point field goals late in the first half to take a 31-29 lead at half. The Bulldogs began to exert their advantage on the boards and outscored Troy 45-24 in the second half. Most of the damage was done by Marshawn Blackmon who finished with 33 points and Preston Whitfield added 20 points. Mennemeyer paced Troy with 20 points followed by Powell (13) and Wiemann (11).
“South is so athletic and well-coached and we didn’t have an answer against Blackmon who was 14 of 17 from the field,” said Meyers. “Again, I was proud of our kids’ effort. It would have been easy for them to want this season just to end. However, they answered the challenge.”