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Ladies win two at home

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By Dave Taylor

By DAVE TAYLOR
The Trimble Banner
The Trimble County Lady Raiders battled to two convincing home court wins in the past week, topping District foe North Oldham by a 46-32 score and overwhelming Gallatin County, 66-38.
The Trimble five overcame a sluggish opening to the North Oldham game Thursday, allowing the visitors 11 unanswered points before getting on the scoreboard to close the first quarter trailing 11-2. Trimble Coach Kerrie Stewart was not pleased.
“Watching them warm up, I thought we were focused and ready to play but when we hit the floor, it was pretty daggone obvious that we weren’t,” she said. “We were stagnant on offense and we didn’t get practice set up the way it was suppose to be and as a result we weren’t making the passes we should’ve been making.”
The Lady Raiders battled back in the second eight-minute spread to take a 19-17 halftime lead.
“It was a very difficult first quarter and first half all in all,” Stewart said. “The bottom line is we left a glimmer of hope for North Oldham and when they come in here in the next few weeks for the district tournament we cannot afford to come out and start like that or play like that at any point in time in the game and expect to be district champions.”
Trimble eventually led by 20 points before Stewart began substituting in the final quarter. North scored the final four points of the game for the final 14-point difference.
“We still weren’t probably exactly where I would like for us to be,” Trimble’s coach said.” We have to turn out the things that we are not doing well and try to work on those and get better. I also want them to know that I am proud of the effort that they gave in order to come out with the win tonight.”
Junior Shelbe Black led Trimble’s scoring attack with 20 points. Kaylee Clifford added 13 and Cheyenne Clark contributed eight.
Senior Mila Consley found herself in foul trouble early and after returning to the game late in the second half she was thrown to the floor in a battle for the rebound.
“She fell on her back and said she is feeling better,” Stewart said, “but at that point, we had a pretty comfortable lead and not risk maybe there being some damage there so we will see what she is like tomorrow. She is walking pretty confidently right now.”
Katie Gonterman, another senior, gritted through a rugged performance while fighting to recover from a leg injury and drew praise from her coach. “That’s what I love about that kid is she is going to give everything she’s got no matter what it is and when we look at those two points that we had in the first quarter, it was the two free throws that came off the kid that really can’t move right now.”
Gallatin win
Mila Consley bounced back from the scary North Oldham fall to turn in a stellar performance against Gallatin County, scoring 14 points and deflecting several of the Lady Wildcat shots.
“She played well and it started on her defense end of the floor making decisions,” Stewart said, “not picking up silly fouls and as the game wore on, she was able to get some easy put backs and people kicking into her on the block.”
Shelbe Black again had a great night with 23 points, including three treys. “Shelbe was outstanding offensively,” Stewart said. “In fact, I got after her the last time and we were working for the last shot and she wanted to kick it down here to Cheyenne who didn’t have a bad look and she said that she was open but I said you are shooting about 90 percent from the field right now so we want you to take that shot.”
Also scoring for Trimble were Bailey Duke with nine points, Cheyenne Clark added six, Gonterman four and Abby Ponder two.
“I think this was one of our better games,” Stewart said. “We moved the ball often and we did a good job defensively and if we play this style of basketball, we have got a legitimate shot not only at the district but the regional tournament championship but it has to be like this every single night not one night on and one night off.”
The Lady Raiders, now 16-7 on the season, travel to Owen County tomorrow night.