For The Tribune

Thursday nights’ Medora-Trinity Lutheran girls game was all but decided by the end of the first period when the Cougars held an 18-5 lead.

After the Hornets scored the first basket of the second period, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run, increased their lead to 43-9 at the half and won 74-28 in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Baskets by Hailley Peters and Maddie Roark gave

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the Cougars a 4-0 lead,

but then Medora’s Jadelyn Dean drove to the basket for a 4-2 score.

Cougars coach Mike Lang called a quick timeout to get his team to focus.

“Our first two minutes, we had to call a quick timeout and get the kids’ attention, to get them playing the level of intensity that we wanted to see and they answered the call after that first two minutes,” Lang said.

“We got out to the lead

and set the tempo and we

got a lot of kids a chance to play tonight.”

After the Cougars’ Piper Acton and the Hornets’ Megan Weddell traded baskets for a 6-4 score, the Cougars scored 10 straight to take a 16-4 lead by a basket by Whitney Rogers with one minute left in the opening quarter.

Lang said he liked the aggressiveness of Roark outside and Sydney Stuckwisch inside.

“That’s a real nice combination we like,” he said. “When we lost all those scores from last year I didn’t think there was ever a chance we were going to score 74 points. We’ve got a lot of scorers on the floor.

“On a good night we can balance it up pretty good. I’m very pleased with the progress that we’re making.”

Goecker and Stuckwisch both scored nine points.

After Dean scored on Medora’s opening possession of the second period, the Cougars increased their lead to 30-7 from a basket by Peters at the 3:25-mark.

Trinity (2-3) made 19-of-34

shots in the first half to 3-for-21 for Medora.

Hornets coach Brad McCammon said his team was

short-handed, as junior Avery Carney is out 10 days with a fractured finger.

“She had been getting double figures in rebounds and points inside, and you take that out of your lineup, and with a young team that makes it difficult because you lose a post player of that size,” he said.

“We didn’t make the adjustments like I thought we would tonight. We played a little better in the second half. In the first half we just seemed to be shell-shocked.”

The Hornets shot 2-for-12 from the floor, and had seven turnovers in the first period.

“Give Trinity credit,” McCammon said. “They have good size and they’re an aggressive team. They’ll take it to you defensively. They had good pressure defense and we just didn’t react to it. We played the tempo they wanted to the first half.”

A total of 11 girls scored for Trinity with Roark as the high scorer with 13 points. Peters scored 12, and also had eight rebounds to help the Cougars hold a 36-22 margin in that department.

Dean topped the Hornets (2-5) with 15 points. Carley McCammon scored 9, and Megan Weddell topped the Hornets with

seven rebounds.

“You’ve got to take the positives with the negatives,” McCammon said. “On the positive side, we got everybody in the game, got some experience on the road. Trinity is a good ballclub. They’re one of the favorites in our sectional, and when you come to their place you better be ready to play. I give a lot of credit to Mike and his kids. They test you and we just didn’t stand up to it tonight.”

Medora will travel to West Washington on Saturday afternoon, and Trinity plays on the road at Rising Sun on Thursday.

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.