Trinity Lutheran’s girls basketball team will enter the postseason on a high note.
On their senior night, the Cougars gutted out a 48-42 win against Edinburgh on Thursday to finish the regular season with an 11-13 record.
In the first quarter, Trinity took advantage of four turnovers by the Lancers (8-14) to jump to a 9-2 lead with 4:20 on the clock.
Taylor Tatlock came off the bench and provided an instant spark, scoring a pair of baskets — including a buzzer beater off an inbounds pass — as the Lancers trailed 9-8 after eight minutes of play.
Scores from Savannah Harweger and Abby Hackman extended the Cougars’ lead to 13-8 by the 6:30-mark, but the Lancers responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Destiny Ramey, to go up 15-13 with 5:17 on the clock.
The Lancers wouldn’t trail the rest of the half, as they took a 22-19 advantage into the break.
“They were getting back cuts offensively,” Cougars coach Mike Lang said. “We didn’t have our rotations on the back side. Credit to their guards, they got the ball and converted.”
Hackman led the Cougars with eight points to go along with eight rebounds while Schooler topped the Lancers with seven points.
Out of intermission, the teams exchanged the lead three times in five minutes until Whitney Rogers and Hackman hit field goals to put the Cougars up 29-28 with 1:48 in the third quarter.
Piper Acton hit a free throw right before the buzzer to give the Cougars a 30-28 lead after 24 minutes.
In the third, the Cougars had seven turnovers to the Lancers’ six giveaways.
Hackman went back to work in the fourth quarter, accounting four eight points in the opening five minutes with the Cougars leading 39-36.
A 3-pointer by the Lancers’ Sidney Beier tied the game with 1:42 left, but the Cougars hit all six free throw attempts in the final minute of play to come away the win.
“We challenged them at halftime to be tougher,” Lang said. “We needed to win the 50-50 balls and get it done on the defensive end. That changed the whole outcome of the game.”
Hackman led the Cougars with 21, Piper Acton added 12 and Harweger recorded eight.
Ramey had 12 points and Schooler chipped in 11 for the Lancers.
Trinity outrebounded Edinburgh 32-26 in the game, led by 17 boards from Hackman.
Laney Acton, Rogers and manager Celina Alexander were honored prior to the game for senior night.
Trinity Lutheran opens the Class A Orleans Sectional against Crothersville on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. In their last match up, on Nov. 19, Crothersville won 75-67 in overtime.
“Closing with three straight wins and getting a little momentum is a huge booster for us,” Lang said.