Late struggles hamper Owls against Trinity


By Travis Mounts

The Trinity Academy Knights downed the host Garden Plain Owls 57-44 last Friday. It was the Owls’ only game of the week.
The Owls were up a point with about 3-1/2 minutes to go when the wheels fell off, said Garden Plain head coach Kody Kasselman.
“We couldn’t hit a bucket and they couldn’t miss,” he said. The Owls then were forced to foul in the closing moments, and the Knights hit the free throws they needed to secure the win at Garden Plain.
Up until that point, it was a close game. The Owls were ahead 35-33 after three quarters.
Kasselman said the Owls continued to play well but just couldn’t score.
“It seemed like the harder we tried, the worse it got,” he said.
Madelyn Rolfs and Madysen Zoglman led Garden Plain with 10 points each, and Brooke Hammond had 9.
This was the second straight loss for Garden Plain, which entered this week 12-5 on the season. The loss dropped the Owls just behind West Elk at the top of the Garden Plain 2A substate standings.
With several days of practice on tap this week, the Owls will work to fine tune things. The biggest challenge this season has been the unevenness, with winter weather and quarantines both messing up the rhythm of the season.
“We’ll try to be a better version of us,” Kasselman said. Having more shots fall will go a long way, as well.
Garden Plain closed out the regular season on Tuesday with a home game against Douglass.
Substate matchups were released on Wednesday, after this week’s paper printed. Based on substate standings, the Owls appeared likely to host a familiar opponent in Conway Springs in next week’s first-round game.

Garden Plain: Rolfs 10, Zoglman 10, Hammond 9, Alli Puetz 6, Christia Rose Gorges 6, Sydney Puetz 3.