BREAKTIME: Trimble County’s (from left) Erin Gonterman (partially hidden), Paige Black, Chloe Griffith and Jessica Ball take a break during the Raiders’ 61-24 rout of  Henry County Tuesday night in Bedford. (Staff photo by David Hill)
BREAKTIME: Trimble County’s (from left) Erin Gonterman (partially hidden), Paige Black, Chloe Griffith and Jessica Ball take a break during the Raiders’ 61-24 rout of Henry County Tuesday night in Bedford. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Trimble County grabbed an early lead and coasted to an easy 61-24 victory over Henry County Tuesday in girls' basketball action in Bedford.

"We talked about going out there and taking care of business early," Trimble County coach Kerrie Stewart said of her team's 10th win of the season. "Our press was effective early on and we made adjustments to make it even better as the game went on."

Paige Black scored six of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter and Erin Gonterman added a 3-pointer as the Raiders shot out of the gate to a 15-4 lead by the end of the first eight minutes.

The onslaught continued into the second period. Defensively, the Raiders limited Henry County to just one basket out of six first half field goal attempts. Trimble added 18 more points as Black scored six more and Jessie Dunlap scored four of her 12 points.

While the Raiders were causing havoc to the Wildcats' ball-handlers in the first half, where most of Henry's 22 turnovers occurred, Trimble was also sending its opponent to the line 12 times - seven of which were successful. Henry's lone first half field goal came in the waning moments.

"We've been stressing not putting our opponents on the line too many times," Stewart said. "We need to improve our reacting time."

Trimble County came out sluggish in the third period, outscoring its opponent 9-8. Black scored the remainder of her points on the night and the Wildcats' eight points all came from the field.

Stewart enjoyed watching her team put the game away during the fourth quarter with her starters sitting out the final few minutes. Meanwhile, Trimble County's younger players got some quality playing time.

"I was very pleased with our younger players and their contributions tonight," the coach said. "I think they even picked up the momentum of the game when they came in. They got to help the team out and they're showing (that) they're ready for varsity minutes."

Ashley Brierly scored five points, in the final quarter for Trimble, Tailor Brewer had four, Mila Consley scored two and Shelbe Black had two.

The Raiders now prepare to face a pair of district opponents, South Oldham Monday and North Oldham on Feb. 1, that will dictate the district tournament seedings.

"Hopefully, tonight's solid win will carry into next week when we face the two Oldhams," Stewart said.

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TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Bedford, Ky.

TRIMBLE CO. 61, HENRY CO. 24



HENRY CO. 4 5 8 7 - 24

TRIMBLE CO. 15 18 9 19 - 61



HENRY CO. (7-13, 2-6 NCKC) - (g)Clark 5, (f)Barmore 5, (g)Sy. Abrams 2, (c)Coomes 2, (g)Pennington 2, Sh. Abrams 2, Hughes 2, Craigmyle 2, Foree 2, Vegh 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (10-8, 5-4 NCKC) - (g)P. Black 18, (g)Dunlap 12, (f)E. Gonterman 5, (f)Griffith 5, Brierly 5, Brewer 4, Clifford 4, S. Black 4, (f)Ball 2, Consley 2, K. Gonterman 0.



3-Point Goals - Henry Co. 0, Trimble Co. 2 (E. Gonterman 1, Brierly 1), Total Fouls - Henry Co. 8, Trimble Co. 14. Free Throws - Henry Co. 10-19, Trimble Co. 3-6. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Henry Co. hosts Whitefield Academy Friday. Trimble Co. visits South Oldham Monday.