The Edinburgh girls basketball team got off to a fast start in Thursday’s game at Trinity Lutheran.
But halfway through the first quarter, the Lancers got sluggish, and the host Cougars went on to claim the 60-47 win.
Lancers coach Bob White was not surprised with the team’s fast start because Trinity went with a different lineup for Senior Night.
“It was the fact they had a couple of their key players out because (Trinity coach Mike Lang) wanted to start the seniors,” White said. “When they did jump on us, we didn’t react and handle it very well. We froze and panicked and never got all five players playing.”
Autumne Burton got the Lancers on the board with back-to-back 3-pointers, but the Cougars went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good. Jennifer Stinson ended Trinity’s scoring run with a free throw with 20.7 seconds left in the quarter. The Cougars owned a 14-8 first-quarter lead.
Trinity started the second quarter with six straight points and held a 24-10 lead before Edinburgh got five straight points from Stinson. The Cougars went into the locker room with a 26-17 lead.
“We had some different players out there in different positions, and it was a different look,” Lang said. “Plus, the kids came out of the locker room in a sorrow situation being Senior Night presentations, so we did get off to a slow start. We got things moving in the right direction, and I was proud of the way they came out and got shooting in once we got in the flow.”
The Cougars increased their lead in the third quarter by outscoring the Lancers 23-9, but Edinburgh bounced back in the fourth quarter and outscored Trinity 21-11. Stinson scored 15 points for the Lancers in the fourth quarter.
The same story for the Lancers all year has been turnovers, and on the night they turned the ball over 28 times.
“We are inconsistent,” White said. “We won four games, and two other losses were by a point, and in those games, we had consistent play. We have struggled with consistency. We seem to play two or three quarters, but we have not played four quarters. We have a week to get that together before sectional.”
Stinson led all scorers with 27 points, including 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Burton finished with 10 points and 20 rebounds for a double-double.
Allison Posey led the Cougars with 17 points.
The Lancers fell to 4-14 on the year, and the Cougars improved to 10-8.