GLOUSTER, Ohio — The Tomcats show no signs of slowing down.
The Trimble boys basketball team picked up its 22nd consecutive Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory Tuesday night, topping guest Southern by a 69-49 count in Athens County.
The Tomcats (6-0, 5-0 TVC Hocking) rolled out to a 27-12 lead eight minutes into the game, led by Bryce Guthrie with eight points and Cody Jones with seven points in the opening stanza. Southern (0-8, 0-5) outscored the hosts by a 15-14 edge in the second quarter, but the Tornadoes trailed 41-27 at halftime.
Trimble pushed its lead to 56-38 headed into the finale, and the Red and Silver began the fourth with a 10-1 run. Southern ended the game with a 10-to-3 run, but fell by a final tally of 69-49.
SHS sophomore Jonah Hoback led the guests with 14 points, followed by Dylan Smith and Crenson Rogers with 10 each. Blake Johnson, Jaylen Blanks and Trey Pickens scored five points apiece to round out the Tornado scoring.
SHS shot 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line and 16-of-45 (35.6 percent) from the field, including 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from three-point range. As a team Southern had 23 rebounds, nine assists, 10 steals, one block, 22 fouls and 16 turnovers.
Blanks led SHS on the boards with five rebounds, while Wood marked a team-best four assists and Hoback marked a team-high three steals.
Justice Jenkins led Trimble with 19 points and five assists, followed by Guthrie with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Campbell scored eight points, Jones finished with seven, while Randy Hixon marked six. Kamron Curry and Tyler Sayre each posted four points, Ryan Richards chipped in with three, while Dillon Carano added two points to the winning total.
THS shot 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the free throw line and 25-of-47 (53.2 percent) from the field, including 6-of-10 (60 percent) from beyond the arc. The Red and Silver totaled 37 rebounds, 19 assists, eight steals, two blocks, 17 fouls and 14 turnovers.
SHS will look for revenge on February 2, when Trimble visits Racine. The Tornadoes will try for their first victory of the season on December 29, when they visit 2-9 River Valley.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.