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Trimble overcomes Belpre, 66-50

BELPRE — Emily Young went off for a game-high 27 points, Jayne Six had a strong double-double and point guard Laikyn Imler flirted with a triple-double here Thursday night as Trimble head coach Joe Richards’ squad topped Belpre, 66-50, in an early season Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown.

Head coach Chris Murray’s Golden Eagles, who dropped to 1-3 and will play host Saturday (11 a.m. or noon) in a varsity only affair to Nelsonville-York, led 18-12 after one, but got outscored 22-6 in the second before closing to within eight going into the final stanza.

“Obviously, I think they are very deep and they won the league last year,” said Murray, who got 19 points, three assists and three steals from Kaitlen Bush, a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double by Halee Williams along with 11 points, seven boards and two steals from Curstin Giffin. “For us, we finished second in the league.

“We had a good first quarter and it got away from us a little bit in the second and they hit some shots and we didn’t rotate well. I think we were down eight going into the fourth and they went on a little run. We have some younger kids playing in some big spots, similar to what they were like two years ago.”

Trimble, which improved to 3-0 and welcomes South Webster to town Saturday night, held a 10-0 edge in bench points, mainly due to Emily Calentine’s eight markers, which included a pair of 3s.

The Tomcats also forced 21 turnovers and held a 46-36 rebounding advantage that also featured a 22-12 edge in offensive caroms.

“We were quarantined for 14 days and by no means is that an excuse, but what I’m saying our progress from that point to here has been great,” admitted Murray, who also got two 3s from Alyssa Hutchinson and a bucket by Jaylynn Wright. “I thought we were very competitive for three quarters and our legs got us a little bit and our focus. We kind of lost them in transition. I thought we took good looks to the rim.”

Imler, who finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, got a steal and a layup to give Trimble its first lead of the game at 2-1. Bush followed with a 3 and after Williams and Wright scored the Golden Eagles were up 8-2.

A deuce by Riley Campbell later cut the deficit to 11-10, but the hosts managed their six-point cushion after one thanks to a pair of Williams buckets and the third of Bush’s quartet of treys.

Belpre went just 1 of 12 from the field in the second quarter. Bush banked in a 3 to tie it at 22-all and the Golden Eagles’ last lead was at 24-22 after Bush drained a pair of charity stripe tosses. The Tomcats ended the period on a 12-0 run in the final 2:21. Six, who finished with 10 points and three blocks along with game-highs of 14 rebounds and six steals, had two buckets. Young had two field goals, including a 3, and Briana Orsborne’s assist on Calentine’s triple with three ticks to go set the halftime score at 34-24. Bush did hit a shot from just inside halfcourt, but it was ruled after the buzzer.

Hutchinson’s second trifecta of the third pulled Belpre within six, 38-32, at the 4:32 mark, but the Golden Eagles never made it less than a two possession affair the rest of the way.

Young fueled the Tomcats’ 16-0 spurt to open the fourth by scoring eight points.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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