County official voices pride in Lady Raiders

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Letters to the Editor

What a thrill it was to go to Frankfort and see our Trimble County High School girls’ basketball team beat Murray on Wednesday night. Several hundred folks made the trip to see our “never-say-die” team overcome a much taller squad. Our ladies fought back over and over to win a two-overtime squeaker.
And then on Friday morning, even more Trimble Countians caravanned to Frankfort when our girls took on Newport Central Catholic. Trimble County was the only school at the tourney with a band (and what a great band!) and the number of students who showed up to support their team was almost inconceivable. There were probably 500 people or more from our little county there Friday.
As I watched our girls fight back Friday from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to cut the lead to 5 at one point, I couldn’t help but think back to another team more than 35 years ago. I remember sitting in the upper arena at Eastern Kentucky University as a group of young ladies from Trimble County named Leigh Anna and Donna, Vickie and Debbie, Linda, Janet and Abby took Sacred Heart to the very wire in the 1976 Girls State Tournament. That tough team lost 50-49 to the eventual state champs.
Now Paige and Jessie, Erin and Kaylee, Mila and Tailor, Ashley and Shelbe and all the other girls have brought a lot of pride to our community. Coaches Kerrie Stewart and Danny Ray Black have helped these girls reach a level they will remember for the rest of their lives.
As we drove back from Frankfort I thought about all the backing the community gave our team. But then I realized it was this tough, hustling bunch of young women who supported all of us. They brought us together. They gave all of us a reason to break out of this hard winter and they lifted our spirits. Thank you, girls, for all you did for us.
Perry Arnold
Trimble County Attorney