Monday's rematch between Trimble County and Gallatin County girls basketball proved to be even more exciting than their first meeting earlier this season.

Like Trimble's 70-63 win over Gallatin County on Dec. 9 in Warsaw, the Raiders and Wildcats waged a fight to the finish. The difference Monday was that Trimble survived 58-56 at home for a big North Central Kentucky Conference win in Bedford.

The Raiders' sweep of Gallatin required some heroics late in the fourth quarter by senior Erin Gonterman.

Down three in the final minute, Trimble's Paige Black tied the game on a three-point play by scoring on a lay-up and free throw but Gallatin responded moments later when Danielle Wesley drove the length of the floor and connected on a lay-up that gave the Wildcats a 56-55 lead with nine seconds left.

Facing full-court pressure, the Raiders were able to break the press on the ensuing possession and Jessie Dunlap was hacked underneath her own bucket to stop the clock with five seconds left.

Both teams traded timeouts before Trimble's inbounds play underneath the basket found Shelbe Black. A double team forced the freshman to kick the ball out to Erin Gonterman whose 3-pointer swished through the net with 2.3 seconds left.

Gallatin's half-court shot fell short at the buzzer and the Raiders walked away with another big win over one of the better teams in the conference and Eighth Region.

"Our inbounds play at the end was designed to get the ball to Shelbe or Paige," Trimble head coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We got it underneath to Shelbe but that double team forced her to give it to Erin and she stepped up and nailed it."

Gonterman's game-winner was her lone 3-pointer of the evening and came as a huge relief to Stewart who had benched the senior earlier in the game.

"Erin was passing up a lot of shots early and not pulling the trigger so we took her out," Stewart said. "We just sat her down and said that if you can't step up and take shots then you aren't going to play. Good shooters have to keep shooting. I was happy for her at the end of the night for coming up big the way she did."

Like their December meeting, Trimble and Gallatin waged a back-and-forth battle Monday with neither team leading by more than four. Trimble led 14-12 after the first quarter but 16 Gallatin points in the second gave the Wildcats a 28-26 halftime edge.

The Raiders responded in the third quarter, tying the game 41-41 by the end of that eight minutes to set up the thrilling fourth-quarter finish.

"We knew after winning at Gallatin earlier this year that they'd be out for some revenge," Stewart said. "It was just two really good teams going at it. It was a great game for fans to watch and overall just a lot of fun."

Dunlap led Trimble with 15 points while the Black sisters poured in 12 points each. Overall it was a balanced attack that kept the Raiders in the hunt all night.

"Gallatin really focused on Paige and Kaylee (Clifford) but I thought both did a great job of letting the game come to them," Stewart said. "I wish we would have hit more free throws in the fourth quarter but we got the job done. These girls are so team-oriented and they share the ball so well. We have so many weapons and we utilized them all tonight."

Gallatin County (13-7) was led by Brooke Dossett's 24 points. Hannah Dossett scored 15 and Wesley added 10.

Trimble County (15-6) hosts South Oldham on Wednesday in a District 29 matchup. The two teams will meet in the district tournament in two weeks but Wednesday's game will determine which is the second and third seeds.



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GALLATIN CO. 12 16 13 15 - 56

TRIMBLE CO. 14 12 15 17 - 58

GALLATIN CO. (13-7, 4-01 NCKC) - (f)B. Dossett 24, (g)H. Dossett 15, (g)Wesley 10, (g)Owen 7, (f)Satchwell 0, Sullivan 0, Terrell 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (15-6, 4-0 NCKC) - (g)Dunlap 15, (g)P. Black 12, S. Black 12, (g)Clifford 8, (f)Consley 7, (f)E. Gonterman 4, Brierly 0.

3-Point Goals - Gallatin Co. 6 (H. Dossett 3, B. Dossett 2, Owen 1), Trimble Co. 4 (Clifford 2, E. Gonterman 1, P. Black 1). Total Fouls - Gallatin Co. 14, Trimble Co. 13. Free Throws - Gallatin Co. 8-10, Trimble Co. 10-17. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Gallatin Co. hosts Collins Thursday; Trimble Co. hosts South Oldham Wednesday.