Trimble tunes up for holiday trip with win over Bellevue

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By Dave Taylor

Trimble County Lady Raiders coach Kerrie Stewart didn’t know what to expect when her team hosted Bellevue Thursday. Her team had battled hard in their road trip to Bellevue a year ago. The Lady Tigers, however, lost most of last year’s team to graduation and were forced to field a varsity starting lineup that included three eighth graders. The end result was a 63-31 breeze for the Lady Raiders.


“We played them up there last year and it was an overtime win for us. It was a dogfight,” Stewart said. “When we came in tonight I didn’t know a whole lot about them. I know they’ve won some games and they’ve been beaten pretty good in some games.”

Trimble raced away to a 21-8 advantage at the first quarter stop and fronted 44-15 at halftime fueled by an 18-point performance from sophomore guard Paige Black.

“Paige had 20 (points). She probably could’ve had 40 if we would have played her the whole game,” Stewart said. “She had a great first half.”

Trimble substituted freely from the second quarter through the end of the game. Getting a lot of good minutes out of the bench “is a catch 22,” Stewart said. “You don’t want to punish your starters for being better than somebody when they have to go out there and take a beating sometimes. But again we’re never going to try to run up the score on somebody. We just wanted to try to execute and give all of our kids an opportunity. We got to play a lot of people and they all got some quality minutes. Some of them did some real good things. Emily Black led us in rebounding, which was good because we didn’t rebound the ball as well as we needed to. That’s a weakness of ours against everybody that we’ve got to work on.”

Trimble out-pointed the Lady Tigers by one in the third period and outscored their visitors 8-6 in the final quarter.

“When we slowed things down by going into the zone in the second half it slowed us down in what we want to do but it was the right thing to do,” Stewart said. “There are going to be other teams that we’re going to need to play zone in order to be successful. We’ve got to get better out of our zone and get rebounding out of our zone.

“Once in a while a game like that can be good for you, it can be a confidence builder as long as you don’t completely play down to the level of the competition,” Stewart said. “That’s not trying to take anything away from those kids. They’re just young and they’re going to get better.”

Stewart got scoring out of 10 girls on her roster. Supporting Paige Black’s offensive effort were Katie Temple with 10 points, Sarakate Long had seven, Sara Kuner six, Emily Black five; Sydney Brewer, Jessica Ball and Hannah Davis each contributed four, McKenzie Dunlap added two and Chloe Griffith sank a free throw.

“Going into the Christmas break this was a good game to get everybody in and let them play to see who is doing what for us so as we go into the tournament next week we’ll kind of know what they’re going to be ready to do,” Stewart said.

Trimble (5-4) plays in the First Southern National Bank/WRUS Christmas Classic this week at Logan County High School in Russellville, Ky.

“Hopefully, we’re going to be in a situation where we can be competitive with the teams we face,” Stewart said. “It would be a huge boost for us to go down there and win two or three ballgames and maybe come back with some hardware going into the second half of our season. Hopefully, we can keep everybody healthy, working hard and improving.”

The Lady Raiders will open the 2012 portion of their season by traveling to Walton-Verona on Wednesday, Jan. 4.