Slow start leads to big loss for Cougars


It’s taken nearly 20 games, but the Edinburgh boys basketball team appears to be heading in the right direction.

The Lancers sprinted out to an 18-0 lead and were never really challenged as they kept up the pace and downed visiting Trinity Lutheran 69-40, Tuesday night.

It was the third straight win for Edinburgh (8-11) and second straight blowout, following a 35-point win over Cambridge City Lincoln Saturday night.

“We’re kind of on a roll,” Lancers coach Keith Witty said. “Our efforts a lot better and the guys are shooting the ball pretty well at the right time of the year.”

And while the Lancers are appearing to gel, the same can’t be said of the Cougars (5-17), who dropped their fifth straight game.

Right off, Trinity Lutheran’s outlook appeared bleaker than the weather.

The Cougars couldn’t find the basket during the Lancers’ opening run, missing their first five shots. When they did hit, Edinburgh would counter with baskets of its own, usually after the first or second shots.

Edinburgh held a lead in rebounding, 23-16.

Trinity continued to pass up looks and as a result, Edinburgh saw its lead keep swelling, which gave the Lancers more than enough time to experiment a bit on plays and different lineups themselves.

This went on until the end of the game, and Witty liked what he saw.

“We’re finally playing how I thought we would play back in November, December,” said Witty. “We did a good job defensively.”

Edinburgh had four players in double figures, led by Coltan Henderson with 20 points. Bryce Burton had 12 and Darius Bennett and Jordan Myers had 10 each.

Trinity Lutheran didn’t have a player in double figures, but was led by A.J. Goecker and Mitchell Hackman, who had nine each.

Trinity Lutheran hopes to end the regular season with a win as it hosts 3A Charlestown Feb. 19.