Strong Shooting Pushes Lancers Past Tomcats

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Federal Hocking wanted to get the taste of a disappointing 24-point loss to Belpre Tuesday night, and did just that, defeating Trimble 65-36.

The Lancers (3-2, 3-1) started slow and trailed Trimble 8-2 early in the first then Shawn Parsons scored 16 first-half points, including four 3-pointers, to give his squad a 36-19 lead at half. Fed Hock kept their foot on the pedal in the second half when they outscored the Tomcats 20-3 in the third quarter.

Parsons finished the game with 21 points and shot 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. 

“He played a good game tonight,” said assistant coach Jeremy Tolson about the junior. “He hit the open jumpers and had a nice game.”

Parsons’ teammates did their part as well as they were on fire all night and shot 56 percent from the field. Max Carney was impressive when scored 12 points off the bench and made all six shots he attempted.

Trimble’s defense was able to force 17 turnovers, but was not able to convert them into points. The Tomcats struggled to find points and shot a putrid 22 percent for the game.

The lack of depth of Trimble was also troublesome when they got into foul trouble early. Post players Brandon Auflick and Cody Bragg both fouled out which allowed the big-men of Fed Hock to have a big night and outrebound the Tomcats 42-27. The duo of Carney and Chris Saylor combined for 22 points and 17 rebounds.

“We have big size,” said Tolson. “That’s our objective on our offense, is to kick it down low and use our big guys the best we can.” 

With the win Federal Hocking kept pace in the crowded TVC-Hocking standings and are in a three-way tie for second with Southern (4-1, 3-1) and South Gallia (3-1, 3-1). Belpre (3-2, 3-0) remained undefeated in conference play with a 59-46 victory at Waterford (0-4, 0-4).

The Lancers take a break from conference action when they travel to Nelsonville-York (3-3, 1-1) Friday. Meanwhile the Tomcats have a week off before they resume play at South Gallia Dec. 28.