Lights-out victory for Trinity against Waldron

Cougars up by 7 with under a minute to play when thunderstorms knock power out at school

It was lights-out at the Bollinger Athletic Complex during the girls’ basketball game on Tuesday evening.

Mother Nature checked-in to the game between Trinity Lutheran and Waldron in the fourth quarter, but there was no thunderous applause and the shots didn’t rain after that.

Due to thunderstorms, the power went out at the high school with 27 ticks left on the clock.

The Cougars led 67-60 when the darkness consumed the facility before the emergency lights kicked-on in the gym for illumination.

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Taking a page out of soccer protocol, both teams waited for 30 minutes to see if the bulbs would flicker back on.

After waiting-it-out, with the power still off and the teams sitting among themselves in circles on either side of the court, it was decided the Cougars were the winners.

“There’s a first time for everything, and we’re learning that,” Cougars coach Mike Lang joked. “The last time I saw an outage during a game was between the (San Fransisco) 49ers and (Baltimore) Ravens during the Super Bowl (in 2013).”

Abby Hackman contributed in a big way for Trinity in the opening quarter by contributing nine points to go along with nine rebounds.

In the first quarter, the Cougars jumped to a 6-0 on a score from Savannah Harweger and back-to-back baskets from Hackman.

An and-one conversion by Hackman built the Cougars’ lead to 11-4 with 4:10 on the clock.

The Mohawks closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to cut their deficit to 15-12.

Morgan Wood caught fire from the field for the Mohawks in the second quarter, scoring 14 of the team’s 22 points before halftime.

Waldron took their first lead of the night on a 3-pointer from Wood at 21-20 with at the 4:21-mark.

Trinity trailed by three points or fewer until Wood hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Mohawks up 34-30 at intermission.

Wood led the game with 16 points and Hackman topped Trinity with 11 points.

“Their guards were turning the corner and were quicker than we had anticipated,” Lang said. “They, no pun intended, shot the lights out in the first half. Probably close to 60 percent. Our point of emphasis at halftime was that we needed to get into them a little bit. We went back to good old-fashioned man-to-man defense and grinded-it-out.”

The Cougars climbed back in the third quarter to tie the game at 45-45 after baskets by Whitney Rogers and Harweger sank with 3:13 on the scoreboard.

Rogers and Hackman each found the bottom of the hoop again, and the Cougars held the Mohawks scoreless for two minutes, as Trinity led 49-48 after 24 minutes of play.

The teams traded the lead, tying four times, until Jodi Goecker hit a pair of free throws to put the Cougars up 59-57 with 4:31 left in the game.

Rogers and Goecker each hit their freebies to extend the lead to 63-57 with just under two minutes left.

The Cougars’ defense frustrated the Mohawks, who would score just three more points before the lights turned off.

Goecker caused a pair of turnovers and dived for a ball to gain an extra possession in the waning minutes while the Mohawks’ best offensive threat, Wood, fouled-out.

“Our energy starts with Jodi on the defensive end,” Lang said. “Everyone feeds-off her energy. She was making all the plays defensively in the fourth quarter. It was everyone else stepping-up, too. We were able to get them off-balance and get some deflected passes. It was a total team effort.”

Hackman led the Cougars with 25 points and 17 rebounds, Rogers scored 15 and Harweger added 12.

Wood scored a game-high 30 points and Victoria Shaw had 14 for the Mohawks.

Trinity Lutheran (8-11) has won three straight games: Their first winning streak of the season.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.