The Trenton High School basketball teams closed out regular season play on Thursday night with a pair of hard-earned victories over Hamilton. The Lady Bulldogs came from behind to take a 46-37 victory and the Trenton boys rode a big second half to pick up a 62-56 win.
The Trenton girls battled through a close first half, leading by a point after the first quarter and trailing by a point at halftime. Hamilton was seemingly on its way to a win entering the final frame with a 29-23 win, but Trenton took off on a 23-8 run, doubling their game total in a single quarter, to come from behind and secure the win.
“I thought we were in real trouble,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brian Upton said. “But, those girls showed a lot of grit and determination in the fourth quarter. That senior group just decided they didn’t want to lose and they dug down and hit some big shots.”
Trenton was paced by McKinley Hurley, who scored 16 points and had three assists. Cassidy Cotton added 12 points, going four-for-five from the three-point line and Madi Trump had nine points, all of which came in the fourth quarter, and five rebounds. Makaila Capeder added six points and six rebounds, Ally Ockenfels had two points and Whitley Richman had one point to go with six rebounds.
With the win, Trenton moved to 18-7 on the season. The Lady Bulldogs will play Hamilton again in the first round of the Class 3, District 15 Tournament on Monday in Lathrop at 9 p.m.
The Trenton boys trailed 15-14 after the first quarter in their match-up with Hamilton and found themselves down 28-22 at halftime. Trenton would rally in the second half, outscoring Hamilton 20-14 in both the third and fourth quarters to capture a six-point win.
“We just played with more energy in the second half,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Jeremy Austin said. “I don’t know if that was directly related to Chris Kurtz not being able to be in there with his ankle injury or not, but it looked like slow motion basketball in the first half. Chris managed to come in there in the second half for a little while and work hard and give us a little bit of a spark. Just his presence in there really opened things up. That changed everything. We really sped up.”
Trenton was led by a pair of double-doubles coming from Cree Mullenix and Chris Flowers. Flowers had 16 points, 16 rebounds and two blocked shots and Mullenix had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Wilson Utley added 12 points and four assists and Colton Neff finished with 11 points. Trenton also got seven points, five rebounds and four assists from Chase Tolson.
With the win, the Trenton boys improved to 16-9 on the season. The Bulldogs will take on Plattsburg in the first round of the district tournament on Tuesday in Lathrop. Tip time for the game is set for 6 p.m.