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Looking to avenge a two-point overtime road loss last season, the Lady Raiders took care of business on the road Friday against the rival Lady Panthers, winning 55-33. “We were ready for that, especially with what happened to us over here last year,” head coach Kerrie Stewart said. “We were pleased to see that we came out and played with some intensity.”
The young Carroll team committed 35 turnovers and struggled against the Raider press. “We wanted to get pressure on them and try to turn them over, and I think we were successful in that. We got some easy looks at the basket as a result,” Stewart said.
Trimble’s Chloe Griffith started the game hot, building a 7-2 lead for her team off two baskets and three free throws.
Despite committing 11 first-quarter turnovers, Carroll kept the game close and took the lead on a Kayla Williamson steal and lay up as the horn sounded, 10-9.
But that would be Carroll’s only lead of the game.
Trimble outscored the home team 22-4 in the second quarter, and the Lady Panthers were never able to recover.
“Second quarter was a combination of their defense and our lack of; we didn’t stay focused well enough,” Carroll head coach Paul Stone said. “We had good focus in the first quarter, really got after them well, but then the start of the second quarter kind of lost our momentum a little bit.”
Carroll turned up the defensive effort in the second half, setting up their press and getting some buckets in transition. But Trimble did not get too rattled, taking their time once they were on the offensive end of the court.
“I thought we did a nice job of exercising some patience and not being so quick on the trigger that we took the first three that came our way,” Stewart said. “We took some time off the clock and made them play a little defense. All in all, I’m very pleased with how we executed tonight.”
Like many teams Trimble will face this season, Carroll keyed their defensive strategy around junior point guard Paige Black. The Lady Panthers played a box zone with a chaser, with junior Kristen “Doodle” Amick and sophomore Kirsten Arvin taking turns guarding Black.
“They both did a wonderful job; my hats off to those two,” Stone said. “They did a really good job of keeping her in check. We definitely focused on guarding Paige. That was one of our game keys and did a real good job of it.”
With the additional focus on her, Black turned to her teammates to make plays. “That’s exactly what a good point guard does,” Stewart said. “They don’t always have to score, and it can get frustrating when you feel like you’re getting all that attention and that extra pressure, and I think she was frustrated with it, but it didn’t show on the floor. She played with some poise and set her teammates up and got the ball to the people that needed to have it, and they were able to finish shots and get us a big lead.”
Black finished the game with 10 points.
Griffith led the team with 16 points. Kaylee Clifford scored eight points, while Jessica Ball and Erin Gonterman scored six apiece. Jesse Dunlap scored five points and Ashley Brierly scored four points.
Stewart praised Dunlap’s defensive effort, in particular for making multiple steals off the press. “We want our defense to lead to our offense and that is definitely Jesse’s forte,” she said. “We expect big defensive efforts from her night in and night out.”
In addition to being the game’s leading scorer, Griffith also came up big for the Lady Raiders on the boards. Stewart said her coaches had her down for nine rebounds, but thought she may have had more.
Stewart also credited Ball with playing another solid game for the Lady Raiders.
For Carroll, Lauren Moore led the way with a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds. Arvin scored six points, followed by Makena Kindoll and Tatum McIntyre with five points, Amick with three points, and Williamson and Miranda Groseclose with two points.
“Carroll County has some very scrappy people out there,” Stewart said. “I thought they had a good game plan going in, putting the chaser on Paige like that, and did a lot of good things. They’re going to continue to get better. Coach Stone has done a good job with them and I have no doubt that is going to continue in a positive direction for them.”
The Lady Raiders were back on the road Saturday and fell to Conner by a 59-30 score. Trimble, 1-2 on the season, entertains Switzerland County tomorrow night.