Edinburgh’s girls basketball team got a taste of the intensity that awaits them in the postseason but couldn’t get the edge at Trinity Lutheran on Thursday.
The Lancers (8-14) concluded their regular season with a 48-41 loss to the Cougars (11-13) at the Bollinger Athletic Complex.
In the first quarter, Trinity took advantage of four Lancer turnovers to jump to a 9-2 lead with 4:20 on the clock.
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Taylor Tatlock then came off the bench and provided an instant spark for the Lancers (8-14). She scored pair of baskets, including a buzzer-beater off an inbounds pass, to narrow the deficit to 9-8 after eight minutes of play.
Scores from Savannah Harweger and Abby Hackman extended the Cougars’ lead to 13-8 by the 6:30 mark of the second quarter before the Lancers responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Destiney Ramey, to go up 15-13 with 5:17 on the clock.
The Lancers led for the rest of the half, taking a 22-19 advantage into the break.
Out of intermission, the teams exchanged the lead three times in five minutes until Whitney Rogers and Hackman hit field goals to put the Cougars up 29-28 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
Piper Acton hit a free throw right before the buzzer to give the Cougars a two-point lead after 24 minutes.
In the sloppy third quarter, the Cougars had seven turnovers to the Lancers’ six.
Hackman went back to work in the fourth quarter, accounting for eight points in the opening five minutes as the Cougars took a 39-36 lead.
A 3-pointer by the Lancers’ Sidney Beier tied the game with 1:42 left, but the Cougars hit all six of their free throw attempts in the final minute of play to come away the win.
Ramey had 12 points and Allie Schooler chipped in 11 for Edinburgh. Hackman led the Cougars with 21 points, while Piper Acton added 12 and Harweger recorded eight.
Trinity outrebounded the Lancers 32-26 in the game, getting 17 boards from Hackman.
The Lancers, meanwhile, won the turnover battle 32-26.