Lady Bulldogs Win Third-Place Game, Trenton Boys Fall
The Trenton High School basketball teams were in action over the weekend, both playing for third place at the Lawson Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs were able to pick up a trophy with a 36-32 win over Lawson Friday night, but the Bulldogs were unable to follow suit on Saturday, falling to Richmond 60-44.
The Trenton girls were locked in a close game with Lawson. Trenton led 9-6 in the first quarter, but the two teams were tied at 17-17 at halftime. Trenton really took control of the contest in the third quarter with a 13-0 run, but Lawson came roaring back in the final frame. Trenton’s lead built in the third quarter would survive the rally, however, and the Lady Bulldogs escaped with the four-point win and the third-place trophy.
“Well, it wasn’t pretty,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brian Upton said. “We had struggles, both offensively and defensively. We did play an excellent third quarter – scoring our most points and defending well.”
Trenton got a big boost offensively from Cassidy Cotton, who had 19 points and four rebounds. Cotton would go on to be named to the all-tournament team following the championship games on Saturday.
“Cassidy was really special tonight,” Upton said. “She had 19 points and four rebounds and was six-for-10 from the field and four-for-five from the charity stripe. She hit two big free throws at the end of the game to seal the win.”
Makaila Capeder turned in a very workman-like performance, totaling 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. McKinley Hurley and Madi Trump both scored seven points and Hurley had five rebounds as well. Trenton also got two points and five rebounds from Whitley Richman and one point from Ally Ockenfels.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-4 on the season.
“It was nice to get the win, especially when you don’t play your best,” Upton said. “We played with good effort and I was proud we were able to hold them off at the end to win third place.”
The Trenton boys faced off with Richmond, looking for some revenge, but much like the first meeting between the two teams, a strong fourth quarter by the Spartans denied Trenton a win. The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, trailing 15-10 after one and 27-18 at halftime. Trenton began to battle back in the second half, closing the deficit to just six points entering the final frame, but Richmond closed the game with a 20-10 run to seal the Bulldogs’ fate.
“We really struggled to score early,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Jeremy Austin said. “It was a tough tournament for us and I’m confident we are a better team for it, even if our record doesn’t show it. Our schedule has been made much more challenging this year and it shows in how we compete against established successful programs like West Platte and Richmond.”
Chris Flowers led Trenton with 19 points and nine rebounds and Chase Tolson added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Cree Mullenix had six points and nine rebounds, Chris Kurtz scored five points and had seven rebounds and Kail McCarter finished with four points. Tolson was named to the all-tournament team.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 9-7 overall on the season.
Both Trenton teams will get back to action on Tuesday, coming home to host rival Chillicothe. The doubleheader begins with the girls’ contest at 6 p.m. and the boys’ match-up will follow.
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