Trinity’s Jaynes has all-star jersey honored Saturday


During halftime of the Trinity Lutheran boys basketball game on Saturday night, there was a special presentation that will forever be remembered at Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Sydney Jaynes, a 2021 graduate from the Trinity girls team and current freshman on Butler University’s women’s team, was honored for being selected an Indiana All-Star last summer.

Jaynes currently holds the school record at Trinity with 1,598 career points, and she was the first Indiana All-Star selected from Jackson County since 2012 when Seymour’s Amanda Moore was picked.

During the halftime presentation, Jaynes took photos with her Indiana All-Star jersey that was framed along with a photo of her in it.

“It was unreal, honestly,” Jaynes said. “This past year being away from everyone there, it’s kind of showed me how much I missed them, being able to come back and talk to people, I mean I literally talked to like everyone. They showed how much they supported me through my whole high school career and even now. It was a refresher going home after so long.”

The framed jersey will be hung up at Bollinger Athletic Complex, and it will be the first one hung up for Trinity. Jaynes said she thinks they’ll put it under the school song banner.

Even while playing at Butler, Jaynes has received a ton of support from the Trinity program. The whole girls team attended Jaynes’ first game as a Bulldog, and she’s seen plenty of familiar faces at Hinkle Fieldhouse over the past couple of months.

“It’s really great,” she said. “I never know who’s coming or not, but after the game, my parents will tell me ‘These people are here, these people are here, go talk to them,’ and I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, yay, I’m so excited.’”

Jaynes has appeared in 23 games this season for the Bulldogs, averaging 19.7 minutes, 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

“I’ve gotten used to it a lot,” Jaynes said. “It was hard to adjust to the college basketball with studies and everything, but honestly, now I’m so used to it.”

When Jaynes, a finance major, has free time, she texts Butler’s weight coach to ask if she can come do a workout. The former Trinity standout feels like she’s settling is as a DI basketball player.

“Over the last month, it’s felt like a grind, but wow, we have like four more games left, it does feel like it’s dwindling a little bit,” Jaynes said. “When you look back on it, it seems like it went by in a flash, but I know it took a lot of hard days to get here.”

After the presentation for Jaynes, there was still a second half to be played by the Trinity boys against Madison.

It was a slow start to the game by both teams.

Trinity got out to a 9-8 lead after the first quarter, but then Madison got things going in the second.

The Cubs went on a 24-3 run and took a 28-12 lead with 2:52 remaining before halftime. Trinity was able to reel the game back in, though, as the Cougars ended the half on a 9-2 run and Madison led 32-21 at the break.

Mitchell Hackman had 11 points at the half, while Sage Broughton had six. Jackson Falconberry led Madison with 11 points, as well.

The Cougars also had 10 first-half turnovers compared to Madison’s eight.

The third quarter mirrored some of the second. Madison extended its lead out to as many as 19 before Trinity closed the quarter strong to trail 53-40 heading into the fourth.

Trinity got to within seven points in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of the foul-line advantage. With six minutes to go in the game, Trinity had shot 22 free throws, making 15 of them, while Madison had only shot nine.

Just as it looked like the Cougars could really make things tight down the stretch, the Cubs went on a mini 7-2 run to push their lead back out to double digits.

Madison went on to win the game 66-54 and broke an eight-game losing streak, meanwhile Trinity (8-14) has dropped four games in a row now.

Hackman led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points, while Luke Coomler came off the bench and scored 11.

Henry Grote scored 22 for the Cubs, followed by Quincy Reynolds with 18 and Falconberry with 15.

Trinity shot 35% from the field, while Madison shot 58%.

The Cougars will look to end their regular season on a high note when they play at Rising Sun this Friday night.

As for Jaynes and Butler, they will be playing at Seton Hall on Tuesday, home against Villanova on Friday and at Georgetown on Sunday before the Big East Tournament starts March 4.

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