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A week away from the gym caught up with the Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team in Tuesday’s game at Henryville.

Thanks a lot, Mother Nature.

The Cougars let Henryville sophomore Emily Hollis get loose for 15 points in the first quarter in falling behind 24-10. The host Hornets led 38-19 at halftime and managed a double-digit lead the remainder of the game and won 62-43.

“We’ve got to look at fact, and we’ve got to look at reality. We’ve not been in a gym for seven days due to the weather. That is what it is,” Cougars coach Mike Lang said. “We really, really struggled with fatigue tonight, but you can still give effort when you’re out there. I felt in the first half, we had fatigue and lack of effort. In the second half, I thought we fought through the fatigue a little bit better and we had a better second half.”

Hollis worked her way around the court for three 3-pointers and three 2-point baskets for 15 points to pace the Hornets (6-2) in the first quarter, and teammate Emma Hendricks chipped in seven.

“(Hollis) got loose on us a couple times. She just did a good job on her own getting loose,” Lang said. “We knew that she was going to be the focal point of their offense.”

The Cougars opened the second quarter with man-to-man defense, and Allison Posey’s 3-pointer made it a 25-15 game. But the Hornets broke through the defense and closed the half on a 13-4 run.

Trinity’s Brianna Sons made a jumper and Mariah Nolan converted a three-point play in the first 30 seconds of the second half for a 38-24 score. Henryville, however, then scored nine straight points.

Sydney Stuckwisch ended the Hornets’ streak with a basket in the paint, but Henryville responded with another run and led 53-28 going into the final quarter.

Hollis scored a game-high 23 points, and Hendricks finished with 13 points and a game-best nine rebounds.

Nolan led the Cougars (2-3) with 15 points, while Liz Hill added 11 off the bench.

“I thought tonight, Mariah Nolan and Liz Hill, they fought through the fatigue great,” Lang said. “Those two had great performances tonight.”

The Cougars just had an off night of shooting (13 of 56).

“We hope to just be in a gym, that way we can get back in better shape,” Lang said. “That’s what it’s boiling down to; we’ve got to be in better shape. And once we’re in better shape, we’re going to knock some of those shots down.

“It’s a long season, and right now, it’s a brutal grind,” he added. “We’ve got to battle through fatigue, and we’ve got to battle through Mother Nature, and we’ve got 24 hours to come back and get better (today) before we see Rising Sun.”

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