A post player with 3-point ability obviously causes problems for the other team.
But when Samantha Trobaugh mixed in an improved inside game, Westminster took off on the best postseason run in program history.
An All-State selection in GISA Class AAA, Trobaugh helped guide the Lady Wildcats to the state semifinals. She was named The Augusta Chronicle’s Independent girls basketball player of the year.
“She does not rest, even though she’s the best player on the floor,” Westminster coach Greg Wilson said. “Most of the time, when you got a star player, they have questionable work ethic. But she’s working as hard as everybody else. She doesn’t take anything for granted and wants to get better.”
After relying on her perimeter game out of necessity last year, Wilson was able to let Trobaugh work inside more thanks to an improved team.
The 6-foot junior worked on her hook shot and post moves to average better than 12 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Trobaugh, in her second year at Westminster after transferring from Harlem, also stood tall and strong near the rim and against attackers, bringing down 8.4 rebounds per game and averaging a league-best 2.9 blocks.
Along with keeping her 3-point shooting ability, Trobaugh could handle the ball like a guard and post up like some of the best power forwards.
“There are not many minutes in a game when you’re not noticing her,” Wilson said.
Trobaugh’s dominance underneath opened up room on the outside for teammates.
In the state tournament, Trobaugh had a 22-point, nine-rebound game in the second round.
The Lady Wildcats won two games by double figures before falling to Arlington Christian – now a four-time defending state champion – in the semifinals.
Though the loss ended the season at 19-9, it was an unusual but welcome run for the basketball team.
Usually, Westminster’s athletic success has been on the soccer field, with the teams competing for state championships and other accolades.
But this winter, the girls basketball laid the groundwork that Trobaugh hopes to see pay off in future seasons.
“It feels pretty amazing, just to see it start, because I know it hasn’t been the best at all,” Trobaugh said.