GLOUSTER, Ohio — An 8-4 run over the final three minutes of regulation ultimately allowed host Trimble to claim a hard-fought 65-61 decision over the Wahama girls basketball team Monday night during a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The Lady Falcons (6-9, 3-8 TVC Hocking) never led in the contest, but the guests managed to rally back from an 11-point third quarter deficit to pull even at 57-all with the Lady Tomcats (3-13, 3-9) at the 3:08 mark of the final stanza.
WHS senior Ashley Templeton fouled out shortly thereafter, creating a big void in the middle of the Wahama defense — which THS exploited in the waning moments of regulation. The hosts ended the contest by doubling up points at the free throw line, allowing the Lady Tomcats to claim the four-point decision.
Trimble, with the victory, also salvaged a season split with Wahama, as the Lady Falcons claimed a 55-50 triumph in the first meeting at WHS back on Dec. 12. The Lady Tomcats have now won three of their last four games after starting the year 0-12, while the Lady Falcons have now dropped seven of their last nine outings.
The hosts took a slim 13-11 lead after eight minutes of play, then followed with a 23-20 spurt in the second canto for a 36-31 intermission advantage. THS kept that momentum going into the third period with a 15-13 run for 51-44 lead headed into the finale.
WHS opened the fourth with a 13-6 surge to pull even at 57-all, but never came closer the rest of the way. Trimble answered with five straight points for a 62-57 cushion before Wahama closed the final 90 seconds with a small 4-3 run.
The Lady Tomcats claimed a 42-35 rebounding edge and also committed 26 turnovers in the triumph, two more miscues than the Lady Falcons’ tally of 24.
Wahama connected on 25-of-59 field goal attempts for 42 percent, including a 1-of-7 effort from three-point range for 14 percent. Conversely, the hosts made 24-of-61 shot attempts for 39 percent — including a 1-for-8 effort from behind the arc for 13 percent.
Sierra Carmichael led Wahama with 14 points, followed by Karista Ferguson with 13 markers. Kelsey Zuspan, Mackenzie Gabritsch and Templeton all added 11 points each, while Bunni Peters rounded out the scoring with one marker. The guests were 10-of-26 at the free throw line for 38 percent.
Erica Swart paced the hosts with 14 points, followed Janena Cain with 11 points and Demi Moore with 10 points. Moore also hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double. THS was 16-of-32 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Wahama returns to action Thursday when it hosts South Gallia in a TVC Hocking matchup at 6 p.m.
Trimble 65, Wahama 61
W 11-20-13-17 — 61
T13-23-15-14 — 65
WAHAMA (6-9, 3-8 TVC Hocking): Kelsey Zuspan 3 4-9 11, Paige Gardner 0 0-1 0, Karista Ferguson 5 3-9 13, Mackenzie Gabritsch 5 1-2 11, Sierra Carmichael 7 0-0 14, Ashley Templeton 5 1-4 11, Olivia VanMeter 0 0-0 0, Bunni Peters 0 1-2 1. TOTALS 25 10-26 61. Three-point goals: 1 (Zuspan). Field Goals: 25-59 (.424). Rebounds: 35 (Zuspan 9). Turnovers: 24.
TRIMBLE (3-13, 3-9 TVC Hocking): Tia Savage 2 0-1 5, Janena Cain 5 1-1 11, Demi Moore 3 4-8 10, Trista Lackey 2 3-8 7, Tia Altier 0 7-11 7, Erica Swart 7 0-2 14, Brittany Lamming 0 0-0 0, Kelsi Brown 4 1-1 9, Ricki Ahle 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 24 16-32 65. Three-point goals: 1 (Savage). Field Goals: 24-61 (.393). Rebounds: 42 (Moore 10). Turnovers: 26.