Lady Raiders drub border rival Carroll for first win
Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:00 AM
Both Carroll County and Trimble County came into Friday's game at Carrollton looking for their first wins after suffering losses in their openers earlier in the week.
TRAPPED: There were plenty of tight and physical defense during Friday’s girls border rivalry between Trimble County and Carroll County in Carrollton. Trimble’s Jesse Dunlap (41) and Paige Black put pressure on Carroll’s McKenna Kindoll and Doodle Amick. Trimble County took over in the second frame and coasted to a 55-33 win. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Something had to give. That something came in the second quarter when the Raiders started clicking on both sides of the floor, outscoring the Carroll 22-4 en route to a 55-33 drubbing.
After one quarter, a very young Carroll County team was giving the more experienced Lady Raiders all they could ask for, and the host team was up by one, 10-9.
Things stayed tight for the first minute of the second frame before Trimble County turned it up several notches on defense. After three straight steals were turned into baskets by Jesse Dunlap, the Raiders had themselves a double-digit lead and it stayed there for the remainder of the night.
"It feels good to get that first win, especially after they beat us early in the season last year," said Trimble County coach Kerrie Stewart.
Carroll County first-year head coach Paul Stone saw a strong effort by his team in the opening quarter.
"We played well. Our strategy was working, but we lost focus after that and the game got away from us," he said.
The Panthers keyed on the Raiders' senior guard Paige Black in the first quarter and she was limited to a miss from 3-point range. Carroll County's Kayla Williamson hit a shot just before the buzzer to give her team a 10-9 lead.
Strong defense by Dunlap as the second frame opened turned out to be a big difference in the contest and a momentum builder.
"Jesse had a big game for us despite being sick," Stewart said. "She's a real trooper and does a good job getting the defense to lead the offense."
Before Dunlap's highlight reel that saw her get several steals, assists and four points in a matter of about a minute, the game was knotted at 11-11. The Raiders' offense caught fire in the meantime and by halftime Trimble owned a monumental 31-14 lead.
Also chipping in for the Raiders in the second period were reserves Kaylee Clifford, who had eight points, and Ashley Brierly with four.
Trimble County added a pair of points to its lead in both the third and fourth quarters for the 22-point win.
According to Stewart, Carroll County beat her team to the game plan early.
"We wanted to go out and pressure them early, but they put a box and chaser on Paige and it worked for them in the first quarter," Stewart said. "We got our defense going in the second quarter. While they kept the pressure of Paige, she was making some very good passes. She don't have to score - she was playing with poise, setting up her teammates."
Stewart spoke highly of Carroll County's efforts.
"They're a very scrappy team," she said. "They had a good plan with the chaser on Paige. They'll continue to get better as the season progresses."
Trimble County senior forward Chloe Griffith led all scorers with 16 points and Paige Black finished with 10. Williamson led the Panthers with 10 points.
Trimble County returns to action with a 6:30 p.m. contest today at Conner. Carroll County hosts Southwestern (Ind.) on Tuesday.
TRIMBLE CO. 55, CARROLL CO. 33
TRIMBLE CO. 9 22 10 14 - 55
CARROLL CO. 10 4 8 11 - 33
TRIMBLE CO. (1-1, 1-1 NCKC) - (f)Griffith 16, (g)P. Black 10, Clifford 8, (f)Ball 6, (f)Gonterman 6, (g)Dunlap 5, Brierly 4, Brewer 0, Consley 0, S. Black 0.
CARROLL CO. (0-2, 0-1 NCKC) - (f)Moore 10, Arvin 6, (g)Kindoll 5, (f)McIntyre 5, (g)Amick 3, (g)Williamson 2, Groseclose 2.
3-Pointers - Trimble Co. (2) Clifford 2, Carroll Co.(2) Kindoll 1, McIntyre 1. Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 18, Carroll Co. 14. Fouled Out - Carroll Co. Kindoll. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 5-12, Carroll Co. 9-23. Next Game - Trimble Co. visits Conner tonight, Carroll Co. hosts Southwestern (Ind.) Tuesday.