For The Tribune
Trinity Lutheran’s girls basketball team played host to Oldenburg Academy on Saturday night, and the Cougars never lost control at the Bollinger Athletic Complex in a 50-37 win.
Cougars coach Mike Lang said the team was able to control the tempo for a majority of the game and that’s what led to the evening’s success.
“I’m really proud of our team tonight, they came out and controlled the tempo from the start and the main thing was that we had to play aggressive and have an edge of toughness,” he said, adding that the team was aggressive on offense and defense.
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Lang said that the Twisters (9-4) were as good of an opponent the team will face.
“Oldenburg has played really well this year and anytime you can get a win out of a nice team like that, it catapults us to where we have to be,” he said.
The Cougars (4-8) started the game with a 3-pointer from Whitney Rogers and both teams battled back-and-forth for most of the first quarter.
The Twisters were able to edge out a 13-11 lead at the end of the quarter.
Trinity had a strong start to the second quarter. The team jumped to a 6-0 run to start the quarter.
The Cougars’ defense also held the Twisters scoreless until the 5:03 mark in the quarter.
The Twisters bounced back and the Cougars went into halftime with a 26-20 advantage.
Oldenburg started the second half with a trey from senior Elizabeth Fiutem.
The Cougars answered with two made free throws from Jodi Goecker and a jumper by Abby Hackman to give the Cougars a 30-23 lead.
Both teams traded possessions and missed several shots before the end of the quarter. The Cougars led 35-29.
Trinity dominated the play in the final eight minutes.
The team went on an explosive 8-0 run after giving up on basket early in the quarter, with Hackman scoring four of the eight points during that stretch.
Before long, the Cougars were in cruise control and came away with the win.
Hackman led the Cougars with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Lang said Hackman has been a focal point of the team’s game plans.
“I’ve been on Abby pretty good this past week in practice to just stay aggressive,” Lang said.
Lang said the team also practiced hard this week with Hackman.
“We beat her up a little bit in practice this week just to prepare to get a win like this.”
Lang said Hackman answered the call to stay aggressive and do the work necessary to help the team.
“That’s what players that want to get better do,” he said. “We’re proud of her.”