Updated Thu, Feb 20, 2014 3:17 am
On Wednesday night, the Southern Tornadoes (16-6, 12-4) defeated the Trimble Tomcats (9-10, 8-7) in a close TVC-Hocking matchup, 56-50 in Racine during senior night.
Both teams struggled to find their footing in the first quarter. Turnovers and fouls plagued both teams, and the score showed just that. Southern shot the ball a little bit better and the Tornadoes had an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter wasn’t much better. Instead of turning the ball over, Southern missed multiple layups and four-footers in consecutive possessions. Trimble, on the other hand, went on a streak of five straight possessions ending with the ball out of bounds.
Overall, the first half was marred by turnovers and fouls by both teams (12 each) and missed shot opportunities (both shot under 40 percent). By the end of the second quarter, the Tornados were up 20-13.
To the relief of many, the third quarter was more exciting than the first two quarters combined.
Trimble stared to show some great ability in making shots as they collected 16 points and made the game much more interesting. Southern looked even better than Trimble in the third quarter by hitting their jumpers (18 points), less fouls (2 fouls), and less turnovers (only 3).
Trimble did make the final statement in the third quarter as Konner Stanley nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Going into the fourth quarter the Tornadoes were up 38-29.
The Tomcats chased after the Tornadoes’ lead throughout the fourth quarter. The Tomcats closed the lead to trim the lead down to 4 with 2:48 left in the game, but the Tomcats struggled to take the lead under the pressure of the Tornadoes’ big men.
Trimble could not pull off another shot as they turned over the ball with 1.5 seconds before the final buzzer. When that final buzzer sounded, the Tornadoes pulled off the victory over the Tomcats with a final score of 56-50.
Southern’s Tristen Wolfe was the leading scorer of the game as he racked up 26 points. Trenton Deem contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds for the Tornados.
The Tomcats’ top performer was Justice Jenkins who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
This game was a special game for Southern coach Jeff Caldwell, as he earned his 100th win with the Tornadoes.
The win gives the Tornadoes the best overall record in the TVC-Hocking at 16-6, but they are still in second place in the division at 12-4 (First-place Waterford has a 12-3 record in league play).
The Trimble Tomcats have now dropped three straight and are now 9-10 overall with an 8-7 record in league play.