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A layup by Paige Black early in the fourth quarter sparked a shift in momentum that drove the Trimble County Lady Raiders to a 47-42 triumph over visiting Carroll County last Wednesday.
It was the Lady Raiders’ first victory over their arch rivals in five years.
Carroll took control of the game early, fronting 13-8 at the first quarter stop and leading by nine, 26-17 at halftime. Trimble cut the margin to five by outpointing the Lady Panthers 14-10 in the third stanza and trailed 36-31 going into the final eight minutes of play. That’s when Black’s layup rattled the Lady Panthers and invigorated her teammates.
“We showed some maturity in being able to come back on them,” Trimble Head Coach Kerrie Stewart said. “Paige is a freshmen but she showed a lot of maturity and intelligence and the other girls really rallied behind her.”
Carroll’s offensive effort revolved around Hannah Devine whose 17 points in the first half
equalled the combined effort by all of the members of the Trimble team. Trimble held the junior standout to eight points in the final 16 minutes of play.
No other Carroll County player scored in double figures. Senior Jill Butcher hit all three of her field-goal attempts to finish with six points. Classmates Kyndal Curry scored five and Tasha Hunter added four for the Lady Panthers.
“Hannah can’t do it all for us,” Carroll Head Coach Randy Mefford said. “We’ve got to have other people to step up.”
Stewart said her players made a special effort to block out against Curry, who had “beat us up on the boards when we played them over there.”
Curry ended the night with six boards.
Carroll ultimately relinquished the lead with just under three minutes left to play. Trimble took charge en route to celebrating their first win over a Lady Panthers team since 2006.
“Our girls played really hard,” Mefford said. “It was Trimble’s home floor, and they wanted it really bad. Maybe they wanted it a little worse than we did, since they hadn’t beaten us in a while.”
Weather forced a postponement of the game, originally set for Jan. 20.
Prior to the scheduled date last month, Stewart said she and her team had “spent a couple of days preparing specifically for them, and the girls were really psyched up to play Carroll County. Then the weather forced us to postpone. But I think that excitement and determination carried over. It got down to the point where we would not be denied.”
Mefford said Stewart has her team “playing really well right now. I watched them beat Gallatin County last Monday night.”
Trimble mounted a balanced scoring attack led by senior Raegan Black with 13 points. Paige Black followed with 10; Chloe Griffith, 8; Sara Kuner and Mackenzie Dunlap, 5 each; Sarakate Long, 4; and Hannah Davis, 2.
“Even though we’re not in the same district anymore, Carroll County is still our biggest rival,” Stewart said. “The girls were determined to come out and lay it all out there on the floor.”
“That’s still a big rivalry,” Mefford acknowledged, “and we always enjoy going over there.”