CAMPBELLSBURG — A combination of cold shooting and poor ball-handling proved to be too much for the Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team to overcome during Saturday afternoon’s Class A West Washington Regional game against Northeast Dubois.
The Cougars only made 11 of 37 field-goal attempts and committed 18 turnovers in losing 44-30 to the No. 5 Jeeps.
“You hate to go back and say it, but sometimes when you’re here for the first time, the kids got awestruck by the bright lights and big crowd.” Cougars coach Mike Lang said.
Trinity was playing in its first regional after winning the Springs Valley Sectional the week before.
The Jeeps jumped ahead 8-0 before the Cougars’ Hannah Barker made a layup at 3:45. Allison Posey and Mariah Nolan later added field goals to cut Northeast Dubois’ lead to 10-7 at the end of the quarter.
The Cougars shot 3 for 10 from the floor in the opening quarter, and then cooled off to 1 for 7 in the second. Their only basket of the second quarter was by Haley Couch at the 3-minute mark, and the Jeeps went into the locker room with a 20-13 halftime lead.
Couch converted a three-point play to pull within 24-18 at 4:14. Posey’s 3-pointer and Kyra Klosterman’s short jump shot trimmed the deficit to 31-25 going into the fourth quarter.
That, however, was as close as the Cougars could get. The Jeeps went on an 8-2 run over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to build a 39-27 lead.
Couch topped the Cougars with 13 points, while Posey led the team in rebounds with nine.
Nicole Dodd led the Jeeps with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cougars (15-9), played without junior Brianna Sons because of a broken fibula.
“This would have been a lot closer ballgame and a lot better ballgame if we could have had Bri out there playing. Bri is a catalyst for us,” Lang said.
“To finish the season compared to the way we started and where we were at, we had an outstanding season. This is a season I’m never going to forget because there can only be one first sectional champion, and that’s what the kids earned.”
Columbus Christian wins
Columbus Christian ran its winning streak to four games with a 44-40 win against Providence Cristo Rey.
Tori Robinson led the Crusaders (11-13) with 19 points. Emily Price added 10.
Crusaders fall to Wolves
Columbus Christian was within six points of Providence Christo Rey at halftime, but the Wolves pulled away for a 60-49 win.
Dalane Shaull led the Crusaders (19-9) with 14 points. Josh Miracle added 10.
“I thought Dalane had a good first half,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “We thought we had a good game plan and had a good week of preparation. We just came out flat the second half.”
Panthers snap streak
HANOVER — Jennings County broke a three-game losing streak with a 70-49 win at Southwestern (Hanover).
Brad Hunt and Tommy
Taylor dominated the inside with 22 and 17 points, respectively, for the Panthers (12-8), who had only five turnovers as a team. Bailey Sanders recorded nine assists.
Jennings 3rd in sectional
FLOYDS KNOBS — Jennings County finished third in the Floyd Central Sectional and qualified at least one individual to next weekend’s state meet.
Jeffersonville won the team title with 515 points. Floyd Central was second with 384, followed by the Patriots (298) and Seymour (264).
Jennings sophomore Trever Wilson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 1.86 seconds to earn an automatic state berth in the event. Teammate Devin Vanosdol finished second in 1:02.54. Lane Sawyer qualified for Tuesday’s Bloomington North Diving Regional with a second-place finish (363.70).
Seymour’s Chris Robinson (357.05) and Nick Hester (322.15) also qualified for the diving regional with third- and fourth-place finishes in the diving competition.