Senators pull away late from Cougars

Mariah Nolan’s three-point play with 7:14 remaining in Thursday’s girls basketball game left Trinity Lutheran trailing West Washington 36-34.

The Senators, sparked by a pair of 3-point baskets by Tori Packwood, then outscored the Cougars 18-8 during the final seven minutes to leave the Bollinger Athletic Complex with a 54-42 win.

Cougars coach Mike Lang blamed the loss on his team not being in good enough physical shape to battle the Senators for 32 minutes.

“We had a rough stretch over Christmas break,” Lang said. “We’ve had snow where we’ve been out and missed days of practice, and where that affected us, we weren’t in shape, and I’ll take full responsibility for that.

“You can talk about mentally, physically, everything. We weren’t ready to play just because we weren’t in shape. That is something we’re going to correct. We’ve got a big, long week of practice next week, and we’re going to be able to get our kids back in shape, and we’re going to be fine.”

Trinity started out strong. A layup by Haley Couch put her team on top 8-0 at the 4:02 mark of the first quarter, and the Cougars led 11-7 going into the second period.

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