The lone two points scored by the Trinity Lutheran’s girls basketball team, in their first quarter against Borden, summed up their entire week of play: Frustrating.
The Cougars fell to Borden 63-33 on Saturday afternoon, which marked their third straight road loss this week.
In the first quarter, Hailley Peters scored the Cougars’ only two points.
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Braves junior Natalie Ruedinger notched 11 points in the opening quarter, and Kristen Nestor added eight.
Trailing 22-2 after eight minutes of play, the Cougars managed their second basket on the night at the 6:43 mark. Again, from Peters.
Freshman Maddie Roark added a 3-pointer with 5:45 left before halftime to bring the score to 30-10 in favor of Borden.
Before the half, Kaitlyn Wright drilled a deep shot for three and Miranda Murphy added a basket as Trinity Lutheran trailed 44-12.
The Cougars spent the entire halftime in the locker room. They didn’t come out for a warm-up for the second half, instead going straight to the game.
“You gotta say some things that hurt a little bit. You have a lot of respect for these kids because they’re your second family, but I told them, honestly, it was a disgrace to the uniform for what we did the first 16 minutes,” Cougars coach Michael Lang said. “We were too worried about feeling sorry for ourselves instead of having a fight. We had no leadership, no heart, no fight in us and let Borden do what they wanted to do.”
Following a basket from Borden’s Ruedinger to open the third quarter, the Cougars went on a 7-0 run from 4:55 to the three-minute mark. Roark scored the first two baskets, and freshman Piper Acton added a 3-pointer for a 49-19 score.
Acton would hit another trey with 1:45 left before the final quarter, but Trinity trailed 56-23 with eight minutes left in regulation.
The fourth quarter was much of the same, and Borden cruised to the victory.
“The second half was going to determine our effort for the rest of the season,” Lang said. “I’m pleased with the effort they did give in the second half. They did show more heart, more fight, and as a coach it’s nice to see them bounce back. “
The Cougars finished their five-game road trip at 2-3 and now stand at 8-12 on the season.
“We let one get away from us Tuesday (at Shawe Memorial), and that loss really hurt,” Lang said. “You go up to a very good team in Triton Central, and then you’re here in less than 24 hours against another ranked team in Borden. I’m giving them Monday off to get our legs back and get healthy; we have some kids under the weather. Tuesday, we come back, and it’s a new day. You come back with positives and remind them that they’re the defending sectional champions, and we need to play like it and more importantly believe in themselves.”
Thursday, the Cougars will host Edinburgh for their senior night.