Girls Basketball: Waterford takes control early against Trimble

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The Trimble Lady Tomcats suffered another crushing defeat at the hands of TVC Hocking powerhouse Waterford 87-21 Thursday night.

It was a tough night for Trimble on both ends of the floor, as the Lady Tomcats shot just 8-45 from the field and allowed their highest point total of the season defensively.

The game was sloppy early on, as both teams turned the ball over and missed shot opportunities out the gate. However, Waterford got things going and managed to build a significant lead while Trimble continued to struggle. The Lady Tomcats’ 12 first quarter turnovers led to easy scoring chances for the Wildcats, and Trimble found itself down 24-6 after eight minutes.

Waterford would not let its Senior Night be spoiled by the Lady Tomcats, who came into this game winners of four of their last seven.

Thursday’s 87 point performance was the second highest scoring total for Waterford this season—the Wildcats dropped 91 on Southern on December 15. Leading the way for Waterford were senior forward Emily Brown and junior guard Brook Drayer. The duo combined for 51 points on 21-25 shooting, and Drayer added seven assists in the rout. 10 players scored for the Wildcats on the night, including all four seniors.

Trista Lackey led the way for Trimble, scoring 13 of her team’s 21 points with two rebounds and three steals. Tia Savage added four points, three rebounds and three steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter. The shorthanded Lady Tomcats were without forwards Janena Cain and Erica Swart. Senior guard Brittany Lanning was also inactive in the loss.

Trimble finished the regular season losing two games in a row for the first time since January 11. The back to back losses drop the Lady Tomcats to 4-16 (4-12 TVC Hocking). Trimble drew the Miller Falcons, a familiar opponent, for its first round playoff game Monday at Meigs High School. The Lady Tomcats lost their first two meetings with Miller by a combined 10 points.

Waterford clinched an undefeated season in TVC Hocking play Thursday night. The Wildcats (17-3, 16-0 TVC Hocking) will play the winner of Monday’s Trimble-Miller matchup in the second round of the playoffs.