SLASHING TO HOOP: Trimble County’s Paige Black (40) drives to the hoop for two of her team-high 24 points Saturday against Gallatin County. (Staff photo by David Hill)
SLASHING TO HOOP: Trimble County’s Paige Black (40) drives to the hoop for two of her team-high 24 points Saturday against Gallatin County. (Staff photo by David Hill)
EMINENCE, Ky. - Gallatin County sisters Brooke and Hannah Dossett combined for 48 points to boost the Lady Wildcats to a 63-54 win over Trimble County in the All "A" Eighth Region championship game Saturday in Eminence.

Trimble County head coach Kerrie Stewart, who was up-beat in the final minutes as the Raiders cut into the lead, said it was hard on her and the team in the end.

"I hate it for the kids," she said. "We worked so hard to get to the championship and, to come up short - it's not easy.

"I'm very proud of our girls and the valiant effort they gave," the coach continued. "Gallatin County is a solid team and there's a reason they've only lost twice."

Even though the contest was tied on several occasions, Gallatin County never allowed the Raiders to get the upper hand despite several opportunities.

The difference in the game came at the free-throw line. While Trimble County made seven more 2-pointers than Gallatin County and both teams had four 3-pointers, the Raiders, on 17 team fouls, sent the Wildcats to the stripe 30 times where Gallatin went 25-for-30. Trimble County only made it to the line six times and made four of the attempts.

"Even with their strong shooting from the line, we were still within five points with just over a minute to play," Stewart said.

The Wildcats opened right away with a pressure defense. Kelsea Satchwell stole the Raiders' first possession and scored on a layup for the first points of the contest. Another Satchwell basket and Gallatin County was up, 4-0.

"We got caught up in the pace of the game early," Stewart said. "There were some forced shots where we could have worked the ball some."

Trimble County was quick to match before both teams launched successful 3-pointers to knot the score at seven.

Later in the opening period, Gallatin County built a 21-15 advantage after Hannah Dossett buried a trey with 1:34 remaining. The Raiders fought back to within one (21-20) before the buzzer on a basket by Mila Consley and a three-point play by Paige Black.

Gallatin County opened a 32-24 lead midway through the second period. Brooke Dossett, later named tourney MVP, hit six straight free throws during a two-minute stretch. The Raiders fought back on a trey by Black and a three-point play by Griffith to make it a two-point game (32-30) at intermission.

The Raiders pulled to within one (36-35) following a 3-pointer by Black around the five minute mark but the Wildcats answered with a three-point play by Brooke Dossett and a basket following a big offensive rebound to lead, 41-35.

Gallatin County continued to maintain its lead on the strength of its defense and continued dominance from the free-throw line. Going into the fourth period, Gallatin led, 52-45.

The Wildcats took a 10-point lead early in the fourth period but the Raiders still had plenty of fight. Paige Black went on the warpath defensively midway through, forcing several steals. Trimble whittled its deficit to just four on a Chloe Griffith basket with less than two minutes left.

Gallatin County called time when Trimble was trapping on defense with 1:26 remaining and the Wildcats up 58-53. When play resumed, Brooke Dossett made a pair of crucial free throws and time quickly went against the Raiders.

Jessie Dunlap, Erin Gonterman, Paige Black and Chloe Griffith of Trimble County were named to the all-tournament team. Mikkah Hignite, Hannah Dossett and Autumn Bowen also received honors for Gallatin County.

"This loss will hurt for a while, but we've still got the second half of the season to play and more games against the Oldhams," Stewart said. "I think we've learned a lot from tonight's game and our win over Owen County."

The Raiders return to action Thursday, when they host Carroll County.

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Girls All "A" Classic 8th Region

Saturday's Championship

at Eminence, Ky.

GALLATIN CO. 63, TRIMBLE CO. 54



TRIMBLE CO. 20 10 15 9 - 54

GALLATIN CO. 21 11 20 11 - 63



TRIMBLE CO. (8-8) - (g)P. Black 24, (f)Griffith 11, (f)E. Gonterman 9, (g)Dunlap 4, Consley 4, S. Black 2, (f)Ball 0, Clifford 0.

GALLATIN CO. (15-2) - (g)B. Dossett 31, (g)H. Dossett 17, (f)Bowen 7, (g)Satchwell 4, (f)M. Hignite 2, Wesley 2.



3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 4 (P. Black 3, E. Gonterman 1), Gallatin Co. 4 (H. Dossett 3, B. Dossett 1). Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 17, Gallatin Co. 10. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 4-6, Gallatin Co. 25-30. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Trimble Co. hosts Carroll Co. Thursday. Gallatin Co. visits Oldham Co. Wednesday.