The Waterford Lady Wildcats really did seem to have their heads in the game Monday night, as they rolled to a 62-14 victory over the visiting Trimble Lady Tomcats.
The Lady Tomcats (0-1) started off the game strong with a three-pointer from senior Trista Lackey but after that, the Lady Wildcats (1-0) took control of the ball game.
Waterford really pressured the Lady Tomcats all night with a mixture of defenses. Switching between a full-court press and a trap defense caused 20 turnovers for Trimble in the first half alone. At halftime, Waterford led 37-10 and it seemed like there was nothing the Tomcats could do to bridge the gap.
Coming into the second half, Trimble coach Tom Hardy decided to alter his team’s defensive strategy. The Lady Tomcats went from a zone defense to a man-to-man defense, but the change didn’t do much for the Lady Tomcats.
Freshman Sydney Hardy gave a valiant effort on the defensive end for the Lady Tomcats as she had four steals. Her effort wasn’t enough to stop the Wildcats though, whose extremely efficient offense recorded over 20 assists and only nine turnovers on the night.
Trimble’s offense seemed to hit rock bottom in the third quarter, as they only scored two points over the eight-minute stretch.
From there, the Lady Tomcats went into the fourth quarter extremely frustrated and tired which continued to limit their offensive production. Trimble was again held to only two points in that quarter by a solid Waterford team that was hitting on all cylinders.
Waterford was led by juniors Dani Drayer and Regan Porter, who combined for a total of 32 points on the night. Taylor Hilverding provided great senior leadership for the Lady Wildcats as well as four points, four rebounds and four assists in the effort.
Trimble will be back in action Dec. 4 when they take on the only team that they defeated last year, the Wahama White Falcons.