Among the things that Trinity Lutheran girls basketball coach Mike Lang liked about Saturday night’s game against Crothersville was being able to give several of his younger players a lot of playing time.
Eight of the 10 girls that played for Trinity broke into the scoring column, including five with double figures, in an 88-16 win. The Cougars made nine 3-point baskets.
Jordan Brewer topped the Cougars with 18 points, Liza Froedge and Morgan Brewer each scored 15, Jocelyn Love had 11 and Bailey Tabeling 10.
Crothersville coach Kevin Hensley said his team came into the game in the Bollinger Athletic Complex with a deer-in-the-headlights outlook, and it didn’t take long for the more experienced Cougars to get the ball rolling.
After Crothersville’s JoJo Clay gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a free throw, the Cougars scored the next 24 points with all five starters scoring at least one field goal during that time.
Clay had another free throw later in the quarter, but Trinity led 30-2 going into the second period.
Tabeling hit back-to-back 3s to help Trinity expand its lead go 55-2 before Dacie Hughes scored off of an offensive rebound with 32 seconds left in the half for the Tigers’ only basket of the first half.
Trinity, which shot 35-for-56 from the floor on the night, held a 60-4 lead at the break. Crothersville finished with 5-for-18 shooting. The Tigers were hurt by 30 turnovers, while the Cougars committed only five turnovers.
One of the few things Lang was disappointed with was free throw shooting, 7-for-16.
“That is something we talked about at halftime,” he said. “We’ve got to be better from the free throw line. It’s pure focus and concentration. We’ll get in there Monday, and hopefully, we can fix that come Tuesday (against Providence).”
He said getting playing experience for the younger girls on the team is important as far as building depth, especially for Love.
“I was really proud of Jocelyn because it was big minutes for her,” Lang said. “We’ve got to develop some other kids to get a little bit of depth. She stepped up in that role tonight, and she brought some energy defensively and she hit some shots. She didn’t stop playing. That’s what I was proud of her for.”
Rounding out Trinity’s points were Madison Keith and Laura Roeder with eight apiece, and Dianna Munoz had three. Froedge, Morgan Brewer and Tabeling each had two 3s, while Roeder, Love and Munoz had one apiece.
Clay topped the Tigers with six points, Hughes had four and Morgan Womack, Hali Burton and Kendall Berry scored two apiece.
Clay had seven rebounds to top Crothersville, while Morgan Brewer had six and Keith had five for the Cougars.
“As soon as they came in here tonight, they already had in their minds (an uphill battle), and you can’t have that. Like I was telling Mike, I’m building for the future,” Hensley said.
“Four of the girls have never even played basketball before, so I’m sitting over here teaching them on the bench while play is going on. I’m telling them, ‘See how that play is supposed to go,’ so that’s what I’m doing, just teaching for the future.
“With this junior high bunch, we’ve got to go along with them. Maybe by next year, we’ll do some damage. That’s the whole thing. You’ve got to have some experience. We’ve got three girls that have a lot of experience.”
Lang said the Cougars (1-1) will face a team with a lot of quickness Tuesday night.
“They are going to be the quickest team we see all year long and maybe the most aggressive,” he said of the Pioneers. “They are small, but they are fast.”
The Tigers (0-4) will travel to Columbus Christian Saturday afternoon.
Before the game, Tabeling received a ball from her sister, Brittany Hill, for breaking the school’s career scoring record. Bailey passed Brittany during Tuesday’s game at Brownstown Central and now has 1,614 points to rank third all-time among Jackson County girls.