Back to the finals: Cougars blast Hornets, advance to sectional championship



Trinity Lutheran jumped on top of Medora 21-4 at the end of the first quarter and coasted to a 65-13 win in the semifinals of Edinburgh Class A Sectional 62 on Friday night.

The Cougars (17-8) will face West Washington in the finals at 7:30 tonight.

A basket by Kelsey Turner gave Medora a 2-0 lead.

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A basket by Hannah Sabotin gave Trinity a 12-2 game at the 5:40 mark.

After Kailen Flynn scored for the Hornets, Trinity went on a 9-0 run. Sabotin was busy for the Cougars in the first period with three baskets, two free throws and five rebounds, and Savannah Harweger hit two 3-pointers.

That was the kind of start Cougars coach Mike Lang was hoping to see.

“The girls came out a little lethargic the first couple minutes. That’s understandable to come out that way,” he said. “We picked it up. We had some easy baskets. We were able to get a lot of kids in and out tonight.”

Grace Cobb hit a 3-pointer at the start of the second period, but that was the only basket the Hornets would get in the second, as they shot 1-for-7.

Lauren Fleetwood came off the Trinity bench to score four baskets in the second, and Sydney Jaynes, Kailene Cockerham and Emma Goecker scored four points apiece to make it a 43-7 game at the half.

Trinity made 18 of 39 shots in the first half, and the Hornets made 3 of 15 while committing six turnovers.

“A lot of it was Trinity’s pressure defense,” Medora coach Brad McCammon said. “He mixes a lot of defenses up, and they’re long, and they play the passing lanes well. They are a well-coached team. We ended up shooting 16 percent from the field, and you’re not going to beat anybody shooting like that. Some of that is jitters. Some of it you’ve got to contribute to really good defense by Trinity and their good athletes.

“One thing I’m pleased with, our kids played to the end. They gave effort. They hustled on the floor for loose balls. You can’t fault the kids for giving effort like that up against a team that had a lot of talent.”

Kailen Flynn was high scorer for Medora (0-19) with six points, and Turner was high rebounder with seven.

Fleetwood made her first three shots of the third period and topped all players with 16 points.

“Fleet’s a kid that has come in here for four years and worked extremely hard in practice,” Lang said. “She communicates. She’s one of our best talkers, and to get her in the spotlight for a chance to shine tonight, that’s important to every single player on our team and especially her.”

Emilee Lang topped Trinity in rebounds with nine, and Emma Schepman had eight.

Ten different Trinity players scored, and eight had rebounds. Trinity starters scored only four points in the second half.

Sabotin scored 14 for the Cougars.

Trinity, the reigning sectional champs, defeated West Washington 55-52 on Jan. 3.

“We’ve really got to contain their shooters, and we’ve got to work our offense and use our size to our advantage,” Lang said. “The main thing is to get out and contain their shooters and handle their press. I think we will be all right if we can do those two things.”

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