Buckeyes return to winning ways against struggling Tomcats

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Nelsonville-York halted a two-game losing streak when they defeated host Trimble 69-22. The Buckeyes (3-2, 1-1) had no problem handling the Tomcats (0-6, 0-4) and led the entire way.

After a slow start in which neither team made a field goal in the opening four minutes, Nelsonville-York raced to a 37-8 lead at the half. Head Coach Amanda Dalton said it was important for her squad to get back in the wins column.

“I told (the team) we had to get that losing taste out of our mouths,” said the third year coach. “It was important to win because that losing taste does not taste good.”

Trimble was playing without their two main ball handlers, Tia Savage and Tia Altier, and was pressured into committing 25 turnovers. 

“When we had ball pressure, (Trimble) was not comfortable handling the ball,” said Dalton. “We got some easy steals that way.”

Dalton credited that ball pressure to giving the Buckeyes numerous transition baskets. NY posted four players in double figures led by Cassidy Dupler’s 13 points.

Two Buckeye juniors put up double-doubles: Shelby True had 12 points and 15 rebounds, and Abbie Talbert with 10 each. Angela Meade also chipped in 11 points.

When Trimble did not lose the ball, they did not shoot very well, finishing at only 17 percent. Janena Cain led the Tomcats with 6 points and added 7 boards.

Trimble continues their search for their first win Monday at Hocking rival Federal Hocking (1-4, 1-3). Nelsonville-York will return to TVC-Ohio action when they host Athens (3-2, 1-1).