Cougars seniors go out on high note


For The Tribune

Heading into their final performance of the season, with five seniors on Senior Night, the Trinity Lutheran boys basketball team hoped for a solid win before sectional against visiting Rising Sun.

The Cougars did just that, as they came away with a 68-48 win Friday.

Senior Toby VanLiew scored the first seven points for his team and when Daniel Horton hit the first of two three-pointers at the 3:59 mark to give the Cougars a 10-2.

Horton’s second three-pointer made it 15-2 in Trinity’s favor.

In the second quarter, Trinity gave up seventeen points, and VanLiew picked up his third foul.

However, Horton started working inside while senior Jacob Christopher added two three-pointers. Horton’s second inside bucket put Trinity up 35-18 in the second quarter.

Horton contributed 15 points in the first half, and his team led 37-22 at the intermission.

Rising Sun hit their first two baskets at the start of the second half, and pulled within eleven points at 37-26.

However, that was the closest Rising Sun would get the rest of the way.

At 1:40 in the third quarter Christopher hit a trey and stole the ball seconds later to make it 51-33 Cougars.

The fourth quarter showed balanced scoring and Trinity finished with a 68-48 win.

“I was glad to see the seniors leave after four years with a win,” Cougars coach Aaron Rudzinski. “I though we executed well, I thought we played a good first quarter, the second quarter we got a little lax. We took some things for granted. They scored a little too much for my liking, but overall I thought we did a nice job and executed enough to win”.

Christopher and Horton shared high scoring honors with 17 points each.

With the postseason at hand, the Cougars enter with a draw in the first round.

On Friday, the Cougars will play the winner of Crothersville and West Washington in the semifinals of the Orleans sectional.

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