MENY ACTION: Shawe’s Katelyn Moore (above, left) rips the ball away from Trinity Lutheran’s Kyra Klosterman during Monday’s girls basketball game at Meny Gym in Madison. The Hilltoppers’ Maddie Waller (below, 22) drives to the basket on the Cougars’ Haley Couch. Shawe started strong but couldn’t hold off Trinity in a 39-22 loss. (Staff photos by David Hill)
MENY ACTION: Shawe’s Katelyn Moore (above, left) rips the ball away from Trinity Lutheran’s Kyra Klosterman during Monday’s girls basketball game at Meny Gym in Madison. The Hilltoppers’ Maddie Waller (below, 22) drives to the basket on the Cougars’ Haley Couch. Shawe started strong but couldn’t hold off Trinity in a 39-22 loss. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Shawe Memorial wasn't able to sustain an early 6-2 lead in a 39-22 loss to Trinity Lutheran Monday night at Hilary Meny Gymnasium.

Things started going Trinity's way midway through the second period and the Lady Cougars quickly took command. By halftime, the Cougars held an 18-8 advantage over the Hilltoppers. Trinity's Ally Posey knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second frame and Haley Couch had five points, including a trey.

The Cougar defense kept Shawe out of the paint for the most part during the second quarter and the Hilltoppers' outside shots weren't falling. Shawe also went 0-for-5 at the free-throw line.

Still, Shawe head coach Camille Deuser was mostly pleased with her team's first half performance.

"Aside from us not being able to hit our shots and free throws, I thought our defense played our best half of basketball all season," Deuser said. "If we could put two halves together like that, I think we have a chance to take our game to a different level."

The game remained relatively close during the early stages of the third period but Trinity's defense began forcing turnovers and Posey and reserve Hannah Barker stepped things up on the offensive side. The Cougars took a 31-16 lead into the final eight minutes.

"I thought we had some mental mistakes and turnovers that hurt us late in the game," Deuser said. "We just need to put a complete game together. It took a mental toll on our team when Taylor (Grote) fouled out late in the game."

Trinity outscored the Hilltoppers 8-6 in the final period. Shawe's Maddie Waller nailed a 3-pointer late to finish out her five-point performance. She tied Jenna Armstrong for scoring leadership for Shawe.

The Hilltoppers remain home for their next game as they will host Rising Sun Thursday.

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MONDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Madison

TRINITY 39, SHAWE 22



TRINITY 2 16 13 8 - 39

SHAWE 6 2 8 6 - 22



TRINITY (8-7) - (f)Posey 16, (g)Sorts 8, (g)Couch 7, Barker 5, (g)Klosterman 3, (f)Keith 0, Wright 0, Murphy 0, Franke 0.

SHAWE (4-11) - (g)Waller 5, (g)Armstrong 5, Koehler 4, (g)Grote 3, (f)Storm 2, Fry 2, Goebel 1, (f)Moore 0, Scroggins 0.



3-Point Goals - Trinity 3 (Posey 2, Couch 1), Shawe 2 (Waller 1, Armstrong 1). Total Fouls - Trinity 18, Shawe 19. Free Throws - Trinity 12-22, Shawe 3-11. Fouled Out - Shawe: Grote. Next Game - Trinity hosts Indianapolis Arlington Thursday, Shawe hosts Rising Sun Thursday.