Lady Bulldogs upset Richmond, setting up Chillicothe rematch in district final

The Trenton Lady Bulldogs dominated the fourth quarter of play on Wednesday night against #2 seeded Richmond, outscoring the Lady Spartans 19-4 and pulling away for a 50-32 victory in the Class 3, District 15 girls semifinals at Lawson High School.  The win sends Trenton to its first district final since appearing in back-to-back title games in 2005 and 2006.

The game was tight for three quarters, with defense ruling the first half, as Trenton took a 15-12 lead to the locker room, boosted by nine points from junior Whitley Richman.  A Richmond surge early in the third quarter, boosted by a trio of three-pointers by Kaylee Vantrump, gave the Lady Spartans the lead, but the Lady Bulldogs, leaning on the play of freshmen starters Salem Croy and Ainsley Tolson, rallied for the advantage, 31-28 after three quarters, as the Richmond defense’s concentration on Richman led to opportunities for the two youngsters.

With Trenton’s defense squeezing the life out of the 24-2 Richmond team, the Lady Bulldogs iced the game in the final eight minutes.  Richman ended the game with 17 points for THS, now 21-5 on the season.  Tolson had 13 (all in the second half), while Croy added 12.  Vantrump had 16 points for Richmond.

The win will match Trenton with ancient rival Chillicothe in the Class 3, District 15 championship game, Friday night at 5:30 at Lawson High School.  Pregame will hit the air at 5 o’clock on Hot Country Z 101.7, with Tom Johnson on the play-by-play call.  The game will be a rematch of a contest at Trenton High School in early February, won by the MEC runner-up Lady Hornets.  Chillicothe ended Trenton’s season a year ago, in the district semifinal round at Richmond.

Chillicothe advanced with a 57-32 domination of Lawson, as Katelyn Parkey had 15 points.  Junior forward Whitney Clampitt returned from injury, after missing Monday’s quarterfinal win over Carrollton, to score nine points.  Hayley Rash led Lawson with seven.