Tomcats Unable to Keep Up With Waterford’s Momentum

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Last year’s State Runner-Up Waterford already appeared to be in tournament form beating Trimble 61-29 in its first game of the season. With a little under one minute remaining in the first quarter, Trimble’s Nikki Kish scored the first basket to No. 2 Waterford. Living up to that No. 2 ranking, Kish’s basket was the first of the night for Trimble and it cut the Wildcats lead to 20-2.

Waterford was too big, too fast, and too athletic for Trimble to handle. The Wildcats had 21 steals, while the Tomcats had 29 points.

Trimble was apprehensive on offense, often passing up shots and moving the ball around. When Trimble did shoot, Waterford had no problem keeping the Tomcats away from the ball and did not allow them to grab a single offensive rebound.

Where Trimble was apprehensive, Waterford was confident. The Wildcats had no problem with the Tomcats’ zone defense moving the ball inside or shooting beyond the arc.

Waterford’s Dani Dreyer crushed Trimble with 21 points, including three 3-pointers. Dreyer also tacked on three assists and five steals, making her presence known all over. Not far behind Dreyer was Alli Kern who had her own impressive night, having 10 points, six rebounds, and six steals.

Kish, a member of Hardwood Heroes Preseason All-Hero Team, could not get her team going, having as many turnovers as points. Kish usually plays with a size advantage, but Waterford’s Regan Porter took that advantage away.

Trimble (1-2) will look to bring back its confident play at Miller on Dec. 3. Waterford (1-0) hopes to stay controlling on the court on Dec. 3 against a Belpre squad that can pack a surprising punch.