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The Trimble County Lady Raiders gave a valiant effort against Eighth Region powerhouse Gallatin County Saturday but fell short in their quest for the Eighth Region All A Classic played at Eminence. Gallatin pulled out a 63-54 win.
Gallatin rolled through an outmanned Carroll County team 71-28 to open the tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 8. On the second night of first-round competition Owen County outlasted Walton-Verona by a 46-45 score. In the second game, Trimble handed the host school a lopsided loss, 74-16
In semifinal action on Friday, Trimble sought and gained revenge against Owen County for a loss earlier in the season, sidelining the Lady Rebels, 47-40. Gallatin disposed of Williamstown, who advanced to the semifinals via a bye, by a score of 72-53.
Gallatin County fronted at every quarter stop in the championship game, leading by one, 21-20 after the first eight minutes of play. The Lady Wildcats held a slim 32-30 advantage at halftime then stretched the lead to seven (52-45) after three quarters of play.
“I hope as much as anything this tournament proves to be a strong confidence builder because we played some of the strongest teams around,” Trimble Coach Kerrie Stewart said. “We were able to beat Owen County and if it weren’t for a missed shot or two here or there it could be us going on to play in Frankfort instead of Gallatin County.”
Trimble had suffered regular season defeats to both teams—65-58 in the season opener to Gallatin County, and 53-41 at Owen County on Dec. 18.
“With the effort the girls gave, they worked really hard and they deserved to win. I can’t fault their effort. I have to give credit to Gallatin County, though. There’s a reason they’ve only lost two games this season.”
In Friday’s game, Paige Black, Erin Gonterman and Jessie Dunlap each scored 10 points to lead the Lady Raiders. Senior Chloe Griffith barely missed a double/double scoring eight points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Freshman Mila Consley had six points, six rebounds and four blocks. Senior Jessica Ball scored three points and hit the boards for five rebounds.
Black led Trimble’s offensive effort in the Gallatin loss with 24 points. Griffith scored 11 and Gonterman added nine.
A big difference in Saturday’s game was the fact that Trimble’s 17 team fouls sent Gallatin to the free throw line 30 times in the game and the Lady Wildcats converted 25 of their tries. Trimble, on the other hand, converted four of only six charity tosses.
“We have to learn to be a little quicker on our feet defensively,” Stewart said. “We need to learn how to draw some of those fouls ourselves instead of giving up so many.”
Four Trimble girls—Paige Black, Jessie Dunlap, Erin Gonterman and Chloe Griffith—were named to the all tournament team.
With the win Gallatin improved to 15-2 on the season. Trimble, now 8-8, hosts Carroll County’s Lady Panthers tomorrow night. The varsity game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.