Trimble Torches Tartans

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The Trimble Tomcats trounced Sciotoville East 73-35 to move forward in the tournament Wednesday. With the win, the Tomcats’ undefeated streak continues at 24-0.

The Tomcats got started right out of the gate to start off the game in the district semifinal game. They scored the within the first 30 seconds of the game and from there went on a 20-2 run. Last week, South Webster focused on slowing the game down. Trimble coach Howie Caldwell looked to make sure that didn’t happen again.

“One of the things we tell our kids is the first three minutes of the game are so important,” Caldwell said. “We wanted to make sure we dictated tempo.”

Along with the signature up-tempo speed, Trimble was able to play its usual highly-physical game. The Tartans couldn’t find a way to stop the Tomcats without fouling.

They put Trimble on the free throw line eight times and Trimble capitalized on this opportunity, showing major improvement from its regular season.

However, the game was all about chemistry and senior Austin Downs embodied that chemistry.

After playing three quarters straight, he never tired and was key in directing the Tomcats to where they needed to be. He seemed to know exactly where his teammates were and it showed, as he recorded seven assists. He felt after playing with his fellow Tomcats for so long, he shares a bond with them.

“Me and Micah especially, we’ve been on the same team since kindergarten, so we definitely have chemistry there,” Downs said.

Downs also had 12 points and seven steals.

The other seniors were also key players in the game. Micah Couch communicated plays to his teammates across the court, and was the leading scorer with 17 points.

Grant Clarke was also a key defensive player, as he had seven blocks and seven rebounds. Offensively, he added 10 points.

Trimble will return to the Convocation Center on March 14 to face off against either Paint Valley or Southern at 12 p.m in the district final game.