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Black, Griffith power Trimble girls to 55-37 road win
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:00 AM
Trimble County got a big 24-point night out of junior guard Paige Black and a second-straight double-double from senior forward Chloe Griffith to pick up a 55-37 road win over Williamstown on Saturday.
Black, the Raiders' point guard and top offensive threat, turned in her second straight 20-plus point game and Griffith added 16 points and 12 rebounds to key the Raiders to an easy win over the Demons.
"Paige has scored 22 and 24 for us the last two games and that's good," Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said. "She works really hard to get our other players involved in the scoring but sometimes we just need her to score and shoot the ball because she's a great scorer. We talked to her about driving the ball more and looking to finish more and now she's doing that.
"Chloe really has been 'on' the last couple of games," Stewart added. "She's solid as a rock for us right now averaging a double-double ... rebounding like that comes as a result of working hard. A lot of her scoring comes off rebounding and rebounding is just working hard."
The Raiders rolled out to a 24-15 lead after the first quarter and then posted a dozen points in both the second and third quarters while limiting Williamstown to just eight in the second and a meager three in the third. By the time the Demons outscored Trimble 10-7 in the fourth, the damage had already been done and the Raiders took a commanding 48-26 lead into the final period.
Host Williamstown shot twice as many free throws as the Raiders but the Demons made just 12-of-28 to Trimble's 9-of-14. Trimble countered that with a 32-23 advantage on the boards and an 11-17 margin in turnovers.
"Eleven turnovers is a number we can be happy with," Stewart said. "We're definitely trying to push the ball and play fast so that's an acceptable number for us."
The Raiders now face one of their bigger matchups of the season when Trimble hosts Oldham County in a girls-boys, varsity double-header on Friday. The Lady Colonels edged Trimble twice last year - 58-54 in the regular season and a heart-breaking 53-52 decision in the 29th District Tournament that cost the Raiders a trip to regional. The tourney loss came on a stunning length-of-the-court drive and shot with 0:00.4 left.
"The girls are looking forward to Friday. They're excited and ready to play (Oldham) again," Stewart said. "That was a disappointing loss last year and they've had it on their minds ever since."
Saturday's Girls Game
TRIMBLE CO. 55, WILLIAMSTOWN 37
TRIMBLE CO. 24 12 12 7 - 55
WILLIAMSTOWN 15 8 3 10 - 37
TRIMBLE CO. (3-2) - (g)P. Back 24, (f)Griffith 16, Consley 6 (f)Ball 4, Brewer 2, Brierly 2, Clifford 1, (f)E. Gonterman 0, (g)Dunlap 0, K. Gonterman 0, S. Black 0.
WILLIAMSTOWN (3-4) - Marksbury 9, (g)DeZarn 6, Kennedy 6, (f)Scroggins 5, (g)Montgomery 5, (f)Souder 3, Hankinson 3, (g)Cheek 0.
3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 2 (P. Black 2), Williamstown 3 (Kennedy 1, Groggins 1, Hankinson1). Free Throws - Trimble Co. 9-14 (64.3%), Williamstown 12-28 (42.9%). Team Fouls - Trimble Co. 21, Williamstown 15. Fouled Out - Trimble Co.: Consley. Rebounds - Trimble Co. 32 (Griffith 12), Williamstown 23. Turnovers - Trimble Co. 11, Williamstown 167. Next Game - Trimble Co. visits Oldham Co. Friday, Williamstown played Simon Kenton Monday and hosts Grant Co. Friday.
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