Tigers take down Trinity Lutheran in overtime

CROTHERSVILLE

Crothersville outscored Trinity Lutheran 12-6 in overtime to register a 63-57 win Friday night.

Trinity held a 57-56 lead on a basket by Jacob Rowe with 1:30 left in overtime.

Crothersville freshman Josh Thomas then scored six straight points to put the Tigers safely in the lead.

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Trinity held a 51-49 lead following a free throw by Sam Marksberry with 16 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers tied the game at 51 on two free throws by Thomas with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Tigers coach Greg Kilgore said he was pleased with the rally when the Tigers came back from a 46-41 deficit.

“I called a timeout and told the boys they just have to play through this,” Kilgore said. “They came back and made a few free throws.

“Once they tied the game up and in the overtime, we played more like we’re capable of playing.”

The Tigers finished with 13 of 17 free throws, and the Cougars made 14 of 20.

The Cougars jumped out to 6-0 lead after 2.5 minutes and lead 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Jacob Rowe and Chad Stuckwisch scored five points each including a 3-pointer apiece.

The Tigers (6-11) opened the second quarter with 3-point baskets by Trevor Peters, Conner O’Sullivan, Noah Hoskins and the 2-point basket by Josh Thomas to go ahead 18-13.

Lane Wienhorst scored eight points and O’Sullivan made two 3-pointers in the second quarter when the Tigers outscored the Cougars 22-11 to take a 29-24 lead at the half.

Stuckwisch had two 3-pointers in the second period and 11 points in the first half to lead the Cougars.

The Tigers shot 8 for 17 and the Cougars 7 for 21 from the floor in the first half.

Trinity opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to take 32-29 lead on a layup by Rowe at 5:20.

The Tigers answered with an 8-0 run of their own with O’Sullivan hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Tigers on top 37-32.

“I think Crothersville was well prepared, and they wanted it more than we did,” Cougarscoach Brian Stuckwisch said.

The Tigers made 10 3-point baskets, but Stuckwisch was not surprised.

“We knew they were good shooters and we talked about it, and we saw film,” he said. ” They are very good shooters from the perimeter. Tonight, they were definitely on, maybe better than they normally are. We did not get out there and get a hand in their face.”

Stuckwisch said he was hoping that the Cougars could get the ball into Kendall White on a more consistent basis.

Stuckwisch complimented Matt McKay and Skylar Stahl for their play off the bench.

Chad Stuckwisch topped the Cougars (5-12) with 16 points, Rowe scored 13, and Wischmeier 12.

Thomas topped all players with 23 points, O’Sullivan scored 14, and Wienhorst 10.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.