Sluggish Cougars lose to Hilltoppers at home

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One team got off to a fast start, while the other got off to a sluggish one during Friday’s boys basketball game at the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Visiting Shawe Memorial was the team that started fast and came away with the 55-42 win over Trinity Lutheran.

Going into the locker room at the half, the Cougars and Hilltoppers were tied at 20. Trinity’s Jacob Harless scored the first two points of the third quarter, but Shawe Memorial scored the next eight.

Harless then scored twice, and Toby VanLiew scored to force a 28-all score. The teams traded baskets before Shawe Memorial’s Luke Higgins drained a 3-pointer with no time on the clock to end the third quarter, giving the Hilltoppers a 34-30 lead, and they never looked back.

“Their pressure got to us in the second half,” Cougars coach Aaron Rudzinski said. “We just made silly turnovers and didn’t handle the pressure well.”

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