Trinity Lutheran’s girls basketball team soundly defeated Christian Academy 61-35 at home Tuesday at the Bollinger Athletic Complex, capturing their tenth win of the season.
The Cougars set the tone for the game early, jumping on a quick 10-0 run before allowing the Warriors to score on a basket from senior Brittany Moffett. The Cougars then responded with a 9-2 run to bring the score to 19-4 to end the first quarter.
The first quarter was powered by Cougars’ sophomore Maddie Roark as she recorded 11 of her team-leading 19 points in the opening eight minutes.
Roark got off to a quick start with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Cougars, going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line and sprinting for a break away layup.
The second quarter resembled the first as the Cougars started with two free throws from Roark and seven straight points from sophomore Morgan Gabbard.
Gabbard had 10 points in the second quarter and 15 for the game.
The Cougars went into the locker room with a commanding 37-11 lead at halftime.
Cougars coach Mike Lang said he was pleased with the way the team played in the first half.
“We established the tempo and got some shots early and I was really proud of our defense because they set the tone on the other end and our defense was able to create some offense,” he said.
Christian Academy came out stronger in the third quarter, scoring the same amount they had in the entire first half to bring the score to 55-22 in favor of the Cougars.
The Warriors outscored the Cougars 13-6 in the fourth quarter, but it was too late as the Cougars had a commanding lead to capture the 61-35 win.
Brittany Moffett led Christian Academy with 10 points.
Lang said the Cougars did not close the game the way he would have liked.
“In the second half we played a little sluggish,” he said. “We have to be complacent and not play the scoreboard. We have to play 32 minutes of basketball.”
Lang said the team needs to work on blocking out to prepare for its next game.
“If we don’t block out and we don’t rebound, we’re really going to struggle,” he said. “We have to really put an emphasis on rebounding and crashing the boards and not give up as many offensive rebounds. Everybody has to take their role in rebounding, it can’t just be one or two people getting them.”
The Cougars (10-6) travel Thursday to face West Washington (6-9).