The Trimble Lady Tomcats kicked off the new year on the right foot getting a thrilling 48-46 victory over the Belpre Lady Golden Eagles Thursday night.
After being all tied up at 10 to end the first quarter, Trimble began to get physical. With Tia Altier and freshman Nicole Kish hitting the boards hard, they were able to draw fouls sending them to the line often throughout the second period. Their execution from the stripe enabled them to build a 26-18 lead going into the locker room at the half.
Belpre began to catch fire as the third quarter started. The Lady Golden Eagles utilized turnovers from a full-court press and the sweet shooting of Lexus Cunningham to cut the deficit to six entering the fourth and final period.
Belpre continued to make a run at taking the lead in the fourth behind guard Sierra Barker before working Trimble’s lead down to three with two minutes to play. Trimble worked a minute off the game clock before Belpre put Emily McKee on the line. McKee made both free throws to seemingly put the game out of reach, but on Belpre’s next possession, Barker knocked down a deep three to keep them in the contest.
It came down to Trimble’s defense forcing a bad shot as time expired that enabled them to hold onto the victory, 48-46. The win improves Coach Richards’ Lady Tomcats to 4-7 on the season.
The Lady Tomcats move on to face one of the Hocking’s toughest foes, Waterford, on Monday.