Six-foot-two Eastern Greene center Kayla Rogers couldn’t be stopped at the Bollinger Athletic complex.
The sophomore tallied
14 points and grabbed 21 total rebounds as the Thunderbirds defeated Trinity Lutheran 49-43 on Friday night.
Trailing 8-2 with 2:46 left
in the first quarter, the Cougars were able to amass a small comeback.
Three made free throws, a three from sophomore Whitney Rogers and two baskets in the last 44 seconds from junior Miranda Murphy gave the Cougars an 11-9 lead
After one quarter, the
Cougars had committed eight fouls to the Thunderbirds’ three.
In the second quarter, the Thunderbirds started with a 6-0 run with 5:10 remaining in the half.
The two sides battled back and fourth throughout the second, but the Thunderbirds were able to climb to a 26-18 lead with 10 seconds left before intermission.
At the buzzer, Cougars senior forward Kaitlyn Wright leaned in at the top of the arc to sink a three to cut the
deficit to 26-21 at halftime. The third quarter started with a single made free throw by the Thunderbirds’ Rogers, and two made free throws from junior Miranda Blocher.
In the third quarter, Eastern Greene outscored Trinity 12-7, making it 38-33. The Cougars got started with a three from Wright.
The Cougars were able to cut the lead to 43-40
with 3:23 remaining on two free throws from senior Sydney Stuckwisch.
The Thunderbirds were able to hang onto their lead to take their first win of the season.
The Thunderbirds out-rebounded the Cougars 40-29 on the night.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 0-3.