Trenton Boys Top Chillicothe For First Time Since 2001, Girls Fall
It was a big night in Trenton when the rival Chillicothe Hornets came to town for a varsity basketball doubleheader on Tuesday – especially for the Bulldogs. The Trenton boys defeated Chillicothe for the first time since 2001, winning 54-46, in front of a packed house featuring raucous student sections from both schools.
The Lady Bulldogs were the casualty of the night, however, seeing a small streak of their own snapped as Chillicothe upended the Trenton girls for the first time in three years, winning 52-42.
There was no district or conference title on the line, but the Trenton Bulldogs reacted well to what was most certainly a district atmosphere. Trenton used a suffocating defensive effort and some great rebounding to jump out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter and doubled the advantage in the second quarter, going up 20-12 by halftime. Scoring would pick up in the second half, especially in the final quarter of play, but the Bulldogs matched Chillicothe shot for shot, holding on to the eight-point advantage until the final buzzer sounded.
“It’s great to see a packed house and our team playing with passion and effort,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Jeremy Austin said. “Our goal was to play hard from the onset and I feel we did that. Rebounding and defense were what really stole the show for us. I’m proud to be a part of this Trenton team.”
The Bulldogs were led by Chase Tolson, who piled up 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Chris Flowers added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and swatted down three shot attempts as well. Colton Neff racked up 12 points also and had six rebounds. Chris Kurtz finished with eight points, and 12 rebounds, Kail McCarter had three points and Charlie Hoffman had two points and two steals. Cree Mullenix didn’t score, but had six rebounds and three assists.
With the win, Trenton improved to 10-7 overall on the season.
The Trenton girls fell behind 10-4 in the opening frame, but battled back to tie the game at 17-17 by halftime. A 16-8 run by Chillicothe in the third quarter was more than Trenton could overcome, however, as the Lady Hornets hung on through the fourth quarter to pick up the 10-point win.
“I was proud of the effort and intensity that we played with, but we had too many breakdowns on defense and Chilli capitalized on them,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brian Upton said. “We held our own rebounding against a much taller team, but their quickness gave us problems.”
Makaila Capeder led Trenton with a strong effort, collecting a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. McKinley Hurley added nine points and two steals, Madi Trump had six points, Cassidy Cotton had four points and Whitley Richman finished with four points, seven rebounds and two assists. Trenton also got three points from Lexi Tolson.
“Makaila really had a great game with 16 and 11 and played really hard,” Upton said. “McKinley and Madi also played well, especially late in the game in getting to the basket.”
With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs fell to 12-5 on the year.
Both Trenton squads will see a bit of a layoff now as they await the Hamilton Tournament, scheduled to begin on Monday. Trenton’s JV teams will travel to Jamesport tonight for a doubleheader with the Tri-County varsity. The girls will tip off at 6 o’clock with the boys’ game to follow.