The West Washington girls basketball team held off Trinity Lutheran to leave the Bollinger Athletic Complex with a 55-52 win Monday night.
The Senators (12-9) led 36-33 entering the fourth quarter and made 10 of 13 free throws in the final eight minutes, including 6-for-6 by Ryana Watson. She made 8-of-9 for the night and topped the Senators with 18 points.
With four seconds remaining, Trinity’s Morgan Gabbard gained possession of the ball following a missed free throw by the Senators.
She dribbled to mid-court and tried a desperation shot, but it fell short.
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Trinity assistant coach Rob Sipe said it was a strong effort against a possible sectional opponent.
“It was a great effort out of both teams,” he said. “All of our girls played hard.”
The Cougars opened up an 11-7 lead on a pair of free throws by Gabbard with two minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Senators scored the final basket of the first quarter, and then went on a 10-2 run over the first four minutes of the second quarter to take a 20-13 lead.
The Cougars charged back and went ahead 21-20 on a layup by Abby Hackman with 1:15 remaining in the half before the Senators took a 22-21 lead into the locker room.
The Senators held a 27-25 lead at the 3:50 mark of the third quarter before baskets by Hackman, Gabbard and Savannah Harweger put the Cougars on top 31-27.
Hackman topped the Cougars with 25 points, including 9-for-11 in free throws, and she pulled down 15 rebounds.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Sipe said. “We’ve got a lot of sweet kids that like to get assists rather than score points.”
Trinity (8-13) will travel to Shawe Memorial tonight for a varsity-only game.