Cougars use double OT for 1st sectional crown


For the second time in Class A Sectional 61 action at Springs Valley on Saturday, the Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team had to face a team it lost to in the regular season.

On Jan. 3, West Washington scored a 12-point win against Trinity. But on Saturday, the Cougars got revenge with a 72-66 double-overtime win against the Senators to claim their first sectional title in school history.

The Cougars lost to Springs Valley 56-43 during the regular season, but in Tuesday’s first-round sectional game, they won 55-53. They advanced to the championship with a 58-42 win Friday against Medora.

“We got the win, and we had our goal set out, and it was very hard-fought,” Trinity coach Mike Lang said of the title game. “There was not a loser here tonight, and that’s for sure. It’s more than we ever thought it would be.”

West Washington’s Shelby Springer missed a 3-pointer, but teammate Kalen Nice collected the offensive rebound and put it back in for a 51-48 lead with 3:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. Haley Couch cut the lead to one with 1:40 left.

Nice had another putback with 55 seconds left for a 53-50 lead. After a missed West Washington free throw, Couch drained a 3-pointer for the Cougars to force overtime at 53-all.

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