Going 17-4 last season under first-year coach Mike Lang and ending the regular season on a 15-game win streak only to lose in the first round of the sectional was tough for the Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team.
The Cougars began the 2012-13 season without two starters and later battled through injuries and other adversities.
Sitting at 6-7 entering the final month of play, Trinity hit a stride, winning six of its final seven regular-season games. The Cougars then in sectionals avenged losses to two regular-season opponents, including Saturday’s 72-66 double-overtime victory over West Washington for the school’s first sectional title in girls basketball.
“It’s just everybody getting healthy and every day in practice saying we believe and we will do it and we can do it,” junior Mariah Nolan said. “We just never stopped believing in ourselves and just pushed hard every day. We all just believe in each other, and we keep each other focused and help each other push ourselves and play to our ability. It’s just like being a family and being one team.”
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