GLOUSTER, Ohio — Forcing turnovers was a key to victory for the Lady Tomcats Saturday in Athens County.
Trimble forced Wahama into 20 turnovers en route to a 55-31 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest.
The Lady Falcons (2-14, 2-11 TVC Hocking) held close to Trimble (6-12, 6-6) early on but THS took the two-point lead at the end of the first period. The Lady Tomcats expanded their lead to double digits in the second period with a 15-to-5 run. THS led 24-12 at the half.
The Lady Tomcats out scored WHS by four points in the third period and held a 16 point advantage with just eight minutes remaining in the game. Wahama marked nine points in the fourth period but Trimble scored 17 to seal the 55-31 victory.
Junior Sierra Carmichael led the Lady Falcons with 14 points, followed by Kelsey Zuspan with six. Zuspan and Carmichael each hit a three-pointer in the game. Rachel Roque chipped in with four points, while Shalyn Greer, Mackenzie Gabritsch and Paige Gardner each finished with two points. Olivia Hill rounded out the WHS scoring with one point in the loss.
The Lady Falcons finished with 33 rebounds, led by Zuspan with seven, six assists, led by Zuspan with three, five steals, led by Carmichael with three, and three blocks, led by Zuspan with two.Wahama committed 20 turnovers and 10 fouls.
Wahama shot 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) from the charity stripe and 12-of-44 (27.3 percent) from the field, including 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc.
Tia Altier led THS with 17 points, followed by Demi Moore and Emily McKee with 11 each. Morgan Murphy had six points, Kate Spencer marked four, while Nikki Kish, Madi Moore and Logan Carano each finished with two points.
As a team Trimble had 37 rebounds, 14 assists, three blocks, seven steals, 10 fouls and 14 turnovers. Kish led all-rebounders with eight, Altier finished with a game-high four steals and McKee had a game-high five assists.
Trimble shot 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the line, and 20-of-54 (37 percent) from the field, including eight three pointers. Demi Moore and McKee each hit a trio of triples, while Altier had the other two.
The Lady Tomcats also defeated Wahama in its season opener on December 3rd in Mason by a count of 55-36. The triumph snaps Trimble’s three game skid and moves the Lady Tomcats into a tie for fourth place in the TVC Hocking with Belpre. Wahama has now lost back to back games.