Kish, Ward, Murphy Lead Trimble Over Miller

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After finishing 7-15 last season, the Trimble Lady Tomcats (7-7, 5-5) matched that win total with a 54-42 win over the Miller Lady Falcons (2-11, 2-8).

Coach Richards was happy about the victory, but he does not want his team to stop right at that point. The goal for Trimble now is to get the win total into double digits.

Three Trimble players, Nikki Kish, Emily Ward and Morgan Murphy, scored in double digits outscoring the entire Miller squad 45-42, by themselves. Murphy tacked on 16 points along with her eight rebounds and three assists. Preseason All-Hero Kish added 14 points and seven rebounds.

All of Trimble’s 13 points in the first quarter were scored by Murphy and Ward. Miller was chaotic to begin the game with getting hands in passes and diving for rebounds, leading to a 13-13 tie to end the first quarter. The Lady Falcons lost the intensity as the game moved, and Trimble started to find some cracks.

Kish, who was apprehensive shooting and often passed away open shots, spoiled Miller’s zone defense. The defense had to change focus and Trimble started to run the game into the second half where Trimble outscored Miller 25-20.

Trimble may have started to move away, but they had some room to improve as well, mostly on the defensive side. Coach Richards felt the Lady Tomcats were not strong and stopped to be “spectators” on rebound opportunities. Rebounds have been a focus for the Lady Tomcats in practice according to Coach Richards, but the performance in games has still yet to come.

Miller looked to own offense taking many shots, but the rush to shoot led to many misses and Lady Tomcats opportunities. Miller’s Olivia Houk scored 10 points, but shot only 35% from the field.

Trimble will look to surpass last season’s win total at a Federal Hocking team who’s coming off a win over Wahama. Miller has a tougher task ahead at home against the Eastern Lady Eagles.