For a school that’s only been a member of the IHSAA for three years, the Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team has quickly developed a culture of winning.
The Cougars under the direction of third-year coach Mike Lang won their second game in as many nights by defeating host Edinburgh 76-45 on Thursday night.
Trinity Lutheran was coming off a 53-40 win against Shawe-Memorial the night before.
The Cougars will be back on the court again, their third game in four nights, at Crothersville on Saturday.
Using the inside strength of junior center Sydney Stuckwisch, the Cougars pounded the ball down low repeatedly. If it didn’t go in the first time, there were two and sometimes three tries at the basket.
In the first half alone, Trinity Lutheran outrebounded the Lancers, 27-14, with Stuckwisch hauling down eight caroms.
The Cougars jumped out to an 11-3 lead, but with some good ball movement, the Lancers fought their way back and trailed 11-9 following two layups by sophomore foward Mariah Weddle.
With a 19-10 advantage at the end of the first stop, the Cougars went on a 13-4 run.
The Cougars hit 13 of 18 at the charity stripe en route to a 37-20 halftime lead.
Coming out of the break, Trinity Lutheran’s outside game got going with a pair of 3-pointers by senior guards Allison Posey and Brianna Sons and eventually pushed the lead to double-figures by the end of the third period.
Edinburgh’s inside game was much more effective than previous games.
Freshmen forwards Allie Schooler and Brianna Howard each finished with 10 points. Schooler had a team-high 13 rebounds.
Trinity Lutheran (14-4) pressed all game and forced Edinburgh into a total of 33 turnovers, many which led to fast-break points.
First-year Edinburgh coach Amy Macy said she was pleased with the team’s effort.
“We played hard and our man-to-man defense was good up to a point in that first half. We attacked the basket better. We played in spurts where we were one point down and then with our turnovers we’re 10 points down,” Macy said.
“With each game, they’re gaining confidence at the varsity level. We’re seeing some good things and we have five games left before sectionals.”