Coming down to the final buzzer on Friday night, New England roared back in the fourth quarter to bite the Titans in a 51-47 victory.
The Tigers victory snapped a four-game winning streak for Trinity and it was New England's third win in the last four games.
“As a team we didn’t really move the ball. We didn’t play unselfish basketball,” said Trinity head coach Trevor Ernst. “We have to correct a few things.”
Shelley Kathrein led the charge in the upset for the Tigers who are now 4-7.
She finished the night with a triple-double as she had 26 of New England’s 51 points.
She also added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“She was phenomenal tonight. She just relaxed and played basketball,” said New England head coach Jason Jung. “She is so athletic and such a competitor. She put on one heck of a performance.”
Trinity led 40-36 going into the fourth quarter, but New England went on a 5-0 run to start the quarter to take a 41-40 lead.
After a back-and-forth quarter, the contest was tied at 47 when junior guard Elli Rettinger put the Tigers up for good with just over a minute left.
Trinity had a chance but with 20 seconds left Kali Kubas had her jump shot hit front iron.
Kathrein hit one of two free throws to give New England a 50-47 left with 13 seconds, and Trinity couldn’t hit a shot to tie the game.
“We talked earlier in the game that I thought our defensive pressure was going to take over in the second half. Defensively, we did that and got a lot of points. We turned those into points,” said Jung. “That was the key. We told our girls when we got a steal, we need to convert on the other end.”
Trinity fell to 7-5 with the crushing loss.
Jung has been coaching at New England for 11 years and despite a break in his tenure, this is his first win against Trinity.
“This is a huge win for us. I can’t even put into words how big of a win this is for our program. The kids are so excited. A lot of these girls have never beaten Trinity before at the varsity level,” said Jung. “I think it is going to be a big stepping stone for the rest of the season. I could tell this win meant a lot to the girls.”
Rettinger finished with 10 points for the Tigers while Abbey Kubas had 15 for Trinity and Kara Wanner had nine.
The Titans did lose senior Kylen Kubas as she went down with an injury in the early portion of the contest.
The Titans will be back in action on Saturday at home vs. Underwood, while New England hosts Beach on Tuesday.
“It is always a good thing when you lose to get back on the court. You play again and forget about the loss,” said Ernst. “As far as team wise, we are short two girls. Time off as far as to get players back would’ve helped.”