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Defense was the key for the Trimble Lady Tomcats as they took on the Federal Hocking Lady Lancers Thursday night, coming away with a 54-49 victory.
Stopping Cheyenne Singer was the main goal for the Trimble Lady Tomcats Thursday night, and that goal was achieved by holding the junior to just 6 points. After falling by three points in the season opener, the Tomcats got a hard-fought road win, just their third road win of the season.
Freshman McKenzie Steele led the way for the Lady Lancers with 19 points, hitting five three pointers, along with a pair of rebounds. After falling behind 8-0, Federal Hocking could never close the gap, even with a strong second half where they put up 31 points.
“At halftime I challenged the kids, I told them heart and the will to win is what we try to breed into these girls,” coach Jeff McKibben said after the loss. “I hadn’t given up on them and I didn’t want them to give up on me and that’s exactly what they showed me.”
Things started to look bleak for the Lady Lancers when Singer only scored one first half point. Trimble’s 2-3 zone stifled Singer all night, as she couldn’t get anything going until late in the fourth quarter. Fed Hock kept it close though, by burying their three point shots all night.
“We played a 2-3 and I had the guards backing down on her, so she couldn’t even get the ball,” Trimble coach Dave Richards said. “They started hitting their threes, so I went in a 1-2-2, thinking we could get out to the wings fast enough and it didn’t work.”
Senior Demi Moore directed the Lady Tomcats to the victory with 17 points and finishing a rebound short of a double-double. Freshman Nikki Kish had a big night down low, scoring 14 points along with five rebounds.
Federal Hocking will look to bounce back in their playoff game against Southern while the Trimble Tomcats will look to continue their winning ways against Symmes Valley.
Both teams will play Monday night, at McAfee Gymnasium in Athens, with Fed Hock playing at 5 p.m. and Trimble taking the court at 8:30 p.m.