Lady Tomcats Fall Short in Late Fourth Comeback

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The Belpre Lady Golden Eagles (10-7) never ran away with the game, but still ran out of Trimble (9-9) with a 67-57 win over the Lady Tomcats.

The Lady Tomcats in the past few games have been crushing turnovers, often forcing over 20 in a game. Trimble on Monday couldn’t play the turnover game, forcing only 11 in the game.

Belpre led nearly the whole game, entering the fourth with a 47-37 lead. However, Trimble charged to get the game to within reach.

Trimble was down just five with less than one minute remaining, but Payton Dixon and Emily Ward turned over the balls on consecutive possessions and Belpre converted for three points, putting the game out of reach.

Belpre’s Katelyn Hughes also stopped the comeback by having 13 points in the quarter. Hughes was 9 of 10 from the free throw line, burying the Lady Tomcats.

Belpre used its athletic ability to beat the Trimble press and just plain outshot the Lady Tomcats.  The Lady Golden Eagles were 6 for 13 from beyond the arc while Trimble didn’t convert a single three pointer.

“Yeah they just shot the lights out,” said Coach Joe Richards. “When I go home and watch the footage I bet they shot over 50%.  There were instances where we made a run and I thought we played pretty good defense… I mean sometimes you have to tip your hat.  They just shot the lights out.”

Nikki Kish was dominant, but not even her 27 points and 13 rebounds could save the Lady Tomcats.  For Belpre, Hughes and Hannah Lawrentz combined to put Trimble away.  Hughes had 25 points and Lawrentz had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Golden Eagles.

Belpre will look to continue its winning streak with a games against Eastern on Jan. 27.

Trimble will try to make the jump above .500 against South Gallia on Jan. 28.