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Girls basketball

Cougars win fifth straight

Coach Mike Lang said his Trinity Lutheran girls basketball team did not play with the level of intensity defensively he was expecting during the first three quarters of Tuesday’s 66-41 win at Indianapolis Lutheran.

He said, “That was a point of emphasis (Wednesday) in practice, coming out and setting the tone defensively, and that is exactly where everything started,” against Edinburgh on Thursday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

Laura Roeder scored Trinity’s first five points, while Liza Froedge, Madison Keith and Bailey Tabeling turned turnovers into easy layups for an 11-0 lead after 5 minutes.

The Cougars caused the Lancers to miss their first four shots and commit eight turnovers in taking the 11-0 lead.

Trinity held a 17-3 lead at the end of the first period, then scored the first eight points in the first 4 minutes of the second period for a 27-3 lead, led 36-12 at the break and coasted to a 71-22 win.

“It started on the defensive end, and everything just rolled from there,” Lang said.

The Lancers (3-6) finished with 30 turnovers and made only 4 of 25 shots from the floor, as 14 of their points came at the free throw line.

Keith topped the Trinity scoring with a career-high 24 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the floor, and she had a game-high 11 rebounds.

“Madison works hard,” Lang said. “She plays with a ton of energy, and it was good to see her have a game like this, to be rewarded. I know Bailey hit her on a lot of great looks tonight, and Madison finished.”

Tabeling scored 16, and Froedge added 13. Crawford was high scorer for the Lancers with 12.

Tabeling became Jackson County’s all-time scoring leader with her 38 points at Indianapolis Lutheran on Tuesday night and now has 1,722 points for her career.

“Bailey is a tireless worker,” Lang said. “She’s in the gym when nobody sees her. She puts a lot of time into her game. She is single-handedly one of the most talented offensive players I’ve ever seen play the game.”

Tabeling said she has been able to score 1,722 points because of hard work.

“Coming into practice every day and working as hard as I can, not only for myself but also for my teammates,” she said. “It has just been a big process of getting there and getting to the team we have right now.”

“I work on my ball handling almost every day at practice and stuff. My dad (Bob) and I make sure we get into the gym, even on weekends or break or stuff like that. We make sure we’re getting the handles in and stuff like that.”

Tabeling said she officially began playing basketball in fourth grade at St. Ambrose, although she recalled when she was at a game when she was in second grade, they were short a player, and she played.

“I’ve had a basketball in my hand ever since I was little, that’s what my parents say. We start basketball in fourth grade at St. Ambrose, so I played games in fourth grade,” she said.

Tabeling, who is going to play at the next level at Ohio University, said, “I’ve just enjoyed the game my whole life. It really bonds my whole family together when I’ve got basketball and stuff like that. We are all very athletic, so we all come together during games and stuff like that.”

The Cougars are 5-1. Their game Saturday at Scottsburg has been rescheduled for Jan. 7. They will host South Ripley on Tuesday night.

“We’re definitely getting there,” Tabeling said of the five-game win streak. “We’ve been working on our defense a lot. We’re getting better working as a team, making those cuts and finding the open player. That is making the winning process a lot easier.”

Tabeling has been a three-sport athlete at Trinity, as she also plays volleyball and softball and has helped the Cougars win sectionals in all three sports.

Tigers fall to Switzerland County

Switzerland County built up an 18-4 lead after one quarter, increased its lead to 27-10 at the half and posted a 59-24 win over Crothersville in the Tigers’ Den on Thursday night.

JoJo Clay was high scorer for the Tigers with 13, Kendall Berry scored six and Hali Burton five. Clay had two 2-pointers and Burton had one for the Tigers.

The Tigers (0-6) will host Cannelton for a girl-boy doubleheader tonight at 6 p.m.


Olympians top Owls

The Seymour wrestling team went on the road to Columbus East on Thursday night and suffered a 70-3 loss.

Seymour’s lone point came from Ricky Bogard, who won with a 6-3 decision in the 120-pound weight class.

“While the team score may not have been what we wanted it to be, it in no way represents how close some of the matches were,” head coach Dan Rasey said. “East is a very solid team, having been dual state champs last year. I challenged our wrestlers to go out and leave everything on the mat, and they did. The effort was amazing, and overall, I truly believe we learned a lot that will carry us through into January and February.”

Rasey thought the team had a lot impressive performances, including from Bogard and others who came close to victories.

“Sophomore Ricky Bogard gritted out a 6-3 victory tonight with a solid display of his ability to ride and control the pace on the mat. Freshman AnnMarie Shuler volunteered to move up to fill in at 113 and lost a narrow 6-0 decision. She had amazing shots but just missed a few things on finishing them,” Rasey said. “All things that can be cleaned up. Freshman Briley Compton was tied 8-8 going into the third and unfortunately ended up being pinned in the match but wrestled really well. One of the best matches of the dual started the night off when sophomore Nic Frady lost a tough, down-to-the-wire match 6-5. Frady was leading when he gave up a reversal with roughly 30 seconds left.”

Rasey feels the future is bright with the underclassmen, and they will continue to build on that this weekend in the Fugate Meet at Scottsburg.