Tribune staff reports
Free-throw shooting can make or break a team.
On Friday night, the Trinity Lutheran and Eastern Greene girls basketball teams struggled at the line, but the Thunderbirds managed to return home with a 46-39 win.
The Cougars finished the game 23 of 39, while the Thunderbirds were 17 of 33.
“This was a very disappointing loss tonight,” Cougars coach Mike Lang said. “That is stuff we talk about in practice, about free throws. We take time every day in practice and shoot free throws. Until you take a serious approach to the game, these are the results you are going to get.”
It was a struggle for the Cougars to get anything going in the first quarter, as they fell behind 13-9. In the second quarter, they pulled within one point on two different occasions. But the Thunderbirds strung together four points to increase their lead to 21-16.
Over the final 1:47 of the half, though, Trinity scored five points from the free-throw line to cut Eastern Greene’s lead to one.
Angi Bergstedt made a free throw at the 4:53 mark of the third quarter to tie the score at 25. Five straight points by the Thunderbirds, however, put them on top for good.
“I don’t think Eastern Greene beat us. We beat ourselves,” Lang said. “We had too many turnovers (25). ... We didn’t take advantage of the things we had to. What it boiled down to was Eastern Greene made the plays down the stretch, and we didn’t.”
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