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Waterford Wildcats Stand Alone in TVC-Hocking

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Both boys and girls Waterford basketball teams earned wins in the first week of the new year and each currently sit alone atop the TVC-Hocking standings.

On Jan. 6, The Wildcats (5-1) won a tough road match-up at Trimble (4-4) 69-48. The game was a face-off of last season’s division co-champions.

The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field and drained 11 three-pointers with Isaac Huffman and Bryce Hilverding combining to shoot 9-17 behind the arc. Huffman finished with 19 points and Hilverding added 17 points.

Jordan Welch had a strong game offensively and defensively, finishing the game with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Wildcats’ defense proved too much for the Tomcats as Waterford forced 15 turnovers, which led to easy buckets on the offensive end.

Additionally, the Wildcats held the Tomcats to 17-51 (33 percent) shooting from the field and 1 of 13 (eight percent) shooting from behind the three-point line.

The Tomcats were paced by Randy Hixson (14 points) and Kamron Curry (13 points).

The win broke a first-place tie between the two teams in the TVC-Hocking standings.

On Jan. 5, the Lady Wildcats (9-1) traveled to Belpre (9-3) to win a big conference game after losing their first game of the season to Alexander (8-2) on Dec. 29. The Lady Wildcats defeated the Golden Eagles 54-30 and utilized a 17-4 run at the start of the second half to take a 43-18 lead into the fourth quarter.

Alli Kern led the Lady Wildcats with 25 points. Megan Ball and Rachael Adams added 13 and eight points respectively.

The Lady Wildcats have had a hot hand the entire season, scoring more than 50 points in every game but their opener.

On the other side of the ball, their defense is allowing less than 28 points per game this year.

The Wildcats travel to Fort Frye on Jan. 7 and the Lady Wildcats will face a struggling Wahama team on Jan. 9.