Some high school basketball teams are able to overcome cold shooting or turnovers and still put a mark in the win column.
On Tuesday night, the Trinity Lutheran boys were only able to make 11 of 33 shots from the floor and committed 21 turnovers, and those numbers were too much for the Cougars to overcome. They lost 55-29 to Greenwood Christian Academy in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.
After the Trinity girls defeated Greenwood Christian, all of the senior members of the boys and girls teams and the senior cheerleaders and their parents were introduced.
Seniors on the Trinity boys team are Jacob Conrad, Caleb Williams, Kade Hill, Mitchell Hackman, Jacob Sabotin and Evan Hunt.
Brad Dickey is in his first season coaching the Trinity boys and said it has been a pleasure to have those seniors on the team.
“The seniors have meant a lot. They’ve got a challenge. It’s been four different coaches for those guys. They still have a good spirit about them. They show up to work each day, and they’re trying to acquire some new knowledge and use some of the old things they’ve learned,” he said. “It can’t be easy for them. I sure appreciate them, and I know their teammates love them.”
Hackman said it meant a lot to him to be introduced before the game.
“It reminded me that it’s almost over and that this is my last year,” he said. “It made me thankful for all the memories I’ve had playing for Trinity and thankful for everything my parents have done for me.”
Hackman has been part of one sectional-winning team at Trinity, last year at West Washington. He said in order for the Cougars to win another sectional trophy, “We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas. We need to work together and we’ve got to work harder.”
Sabotin drove for a layup with two minutes remaining in the first period to give Trinity an 8-7 lead. Greenwood scored the final five points of the period to take a 12-8 lead into the second period.
Trinity’s offense shut down completely over the next six-and-a-half minutes as Greenwood went on a 12-0 run to lead 24-12. Trinity missed all three of its field goal attempts and committed seven turnovers during that span.
Sage Broughton finally made a layup with 1:30 left in the half to break the dry spell for Trinity, and Sabotin scored another basket in the final minute of the quarter, but the visitors held a 26-12 lead at the half.
Conrad was the high scorer for the Cougars with eight points, and he topped the team in rebounds with six.
Max Booher was high scorer for Greenwood (5-6) with 18 points, and Blake Shewmaker added 14.
“We struggled to get shots. We’re struggling to handle the ball a little bit,” Dickey said. “Our shooting spots aren’t quite what we want. Maybe we’re not the best shooters, but we’re trying to get our ball-handling better so our shots might come more easily.”
Dickey substituted 5-for-5 players several times during the game.
“We’ve been talking about it and we tried to make substitutions to try to make it to the end of the game a little bit. That’s a new thing that we’re still curious about, but it doesn’t mean we’ll do it every day. We have more good games ahead of us,” he said.
Trinity (4-5) will host Indianapolis Lutheran Friday night and go to Henryville Saturday night.