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Our Sully Beach recaps the matchup between the Waterford Wildcats and Trimble Tomcats on February 7th, 2023

Waterford Wildcats take down Trimble Tomcats

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Trimble, Ohio (WOUB) – The wildcats swarmed Trimble today in a physical matchup. In this tri-valley conference contest, Waterford travelled into Trimble and came out with a 68-44 win. 

Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter. The Trimble Tomcats had eight turnovers in the first half while only scoring seven points. Waterford had struggles shooting in the first quarter as they scored only 10 points. 

These shooting woes for Waterford ended quickly. In the second quarter, Waterford quickly went on a 10-2 run. The Waterford offense was very calm and always looked for the best shot. Trimble continued to struggle as they added four more turnovers in this quarter. 

To end the first half, Gavin Brooker hit a buzzer beating three from the corner. This brought the first half score to 33-21 in the favor of Waterford. 

Coming out of the locker room, the wildcats pulled away. A barrage of threes, a couple finishes through contact, and great defense helped the wildcats strike right at the start of the second half. 

This was the story for the rest of the game. The wildcats maintained their lead throughout the third and fourth quarter. While the tomcats cleaned up on the turnovers in the second half, it was just too late. 

Chip Adams had quite the performance for the wildcats. He tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four blocks. An all-around performance for the big man fueled Waterford from start to finish. 

When asked about causing so many turnovers, coach D.J. Cunningham said he told his players to “Be the players you hate playing against.” This advice must have spoken volumes to the wildcats as they caused 18 turnovers in this game and were relentless the whole length. 

With this win, Waterford improves to 11-8 overall and third in the TVC Hocking. Trimble falls to 10-10 overall and fourth in the TVC Hocking.