Christian Academy of Indiana went on a 13-0 run over the final four minutes of the first half and went onto a 67-40 win over Trinity Lutheran Thursday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.
“Our shooting was a little bit on the cold side and they made some shots and we did not rebound very well,” Cougars coach Brian Stuckwisch said. “They got two or three shots at the basket which really hurt us. If we could have held them to one shot at the basket, it would have been a lot better.”
The Cougars shot 18-for-48 for the game and CAI was 25-for-45.
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The Warriors held a 14-8 lead at the end of the first period. The teams battled on even terms through the first three minutes of the second period with Trinity’s Tyler Goecker’s basket setting the score at 22-16.
The Warriors then combined jump shots, layups, free throws, and a 3-pointer by Bailey Conrad to open up the 35-16 lead at the half.
The Cougars shot 8-for-24, while the Warriors shot 12-for-26. The Cougars had six turnovers and the Warriors had three turnovers in the first half.
Conrad, who missed several games with an ankle injury, had two 3-pointers and 13 points in the second quarter to go along with four rebounds.
A.J. Goecker had 10 points for the Cougars in the first half.
CAI was holding a 39-18 lead when A.J. Goecker got hot and made three straight 3-pointers to cut the difference to 39-27.
The visitors held a 46-30 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors opened the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run before the Cougars scored at the 4:05-mark by Josh Rowe.
“They are a very good, well-coached team,” Stuckwisch said. “They are very fundamental, they are ranked in 1A. They play a lot of 3A and 4A schools. We would have had to play one of our best games to stay with them. They were playing well.”
Conrad topped the Warriors (13-7) with 22 points while A.J. Goecker was high for Trinity with 21
“Conrad has a inside and outside game and the coach told me he had 23 points against Floyd Central, and then he hurt his ankle,” Conrad said.
The Cougars (5-16) will travel to Edinburgh Tuesday and will close out their home schedule Feb. 19 against Charlestown.