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Trimble’s seniors celebrate lopsided Henry Co. win

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By Dave Taylor

Despite a ragged start Trimble County’s Lady Raiders put together a great defensive effort to overcome the visiting Henry County Lady Wildcats Monday in a 57-32 rout on Senior Night.

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“The effort tonight I thought defensively is what made the difference in the game,” Trimble Coach Kerrie Stewart said after the game. “We started out a little sluggish, a little slow. It was a different lineup than what we’re familiar with.”

Five of Trimble’s seven seniors started the game, which Stewart called a “huge” night for the seniors.

“All of them got to play and they all played well,” she said. “Six of the seven of them managed to get into the scoring column. But scoring is not everything. These girls have contributed a lot to this program over the four years that they’ve been here. I can’t tell you how proud I am and how blessed I feel to be part of their lives. They are tremendous young ladies who are going to do great things when they leave Trimble County High School.”

Henry County took advantage of Trimble’s lack of cohesiveness with the unfamiliar starting squad. The Lady Wildcats pushed to a 14-7 advantage after the first eight minutes of play. Trimble, however, forced eight Henry turnovers in the second period to pull even, at 17-17, with less than two minutes to play in the first half. Trimble forged into the lead, 21-19, at 1:09 left in the period en route to a 26-19 halftime advantage.  

“When we weren’t shooting the ball well we kept up the defensive intensity and then eventually the offense came along,” Stewart said.

Trimble’s defensive pressure during the second half continued to mount a heavy toll on the Lady Wildcats who finished the game with 30 turnovers against Trimble’s nine.

“Even if you take advantage of half of those [turnovers] you’re going to put yourself in a pretty good situation and have an opportunity to win a ballgame and win it big as we did tonight,” Stewart said.

The lone bright spot of Henry County’s game was the Lady Wildcats’ effort on the boards, out-rebounding the Lady Raiders 34-24 on the night.

“Rebounding has not been one of our strengths by any means,” Stewart said. “It’s something we continue to work on. We look better at times. We’ll have stretches where we rebound really well and then we kind of get caught standing and watching what’s going on instead of crashing the boards. That’s going to be a point of emphasis as we go down the stretch here. We’ve got to understand that’s just as important as playing pressure defense and shooting the ball.”

SaraKate Long led Trimble’s offensive effort with 16 points. Fellow seniors Hannah Davis with 12 and Katie Temple with eight points also made major contributions to Trimble’s offensive attack as did sophomore Paige Black with 10 points.

Trimble will finish the regular season with two road games. The ladies play at Waggener in Louisville tonight and travel to North Bullitt for a girls’/boys’ varsity double-header on Friday.

“We want to finish strong and continue to build confidence as we travel into the District tournament,” Stewart said.

Trimble County hosts the 29th District Tournament next week.

The Lady Raiders will meet Oldham County in the 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 22.