Trimble County's Lady Raiders got off to a good start against Western Hills on Friday night but things quickly went downhill from then until the final quarter of a 53-49 loss to the Lady Wolverines in Bedford.

Trimble shot out to a nice lead in the opening period before Western Hills scored four late points to close within 15-12 at the quarter break. The visitors then outscored Trimble 24-13 over the second and third quarters to put the Raiders in a hole they'd never dig all the way out of.

"We got off to a good start but from that point on we were never in any kind of synch or rhythm," Raiders head coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We couldn't get to the loose balls or anything. We were down 12 in the fourth quarter and made a nice comeback but we never got all the way back."

Trimble actually closed to within a bucket late in the fourth quarter and was at the foul line with a chance to tie but both shots failed to find the basket and the Wolverines escaped with the four-point win.

"This was a winnable game for us," Stewart said. "After playing two tough teams, Oldham County and Owen County, close and losing this was a big one for us to kind of redeem ourselves and we just didn't get it done."

Stewart said the Raiders made plenty of big plays both offensively and defensively but often followed those with equally low plays to give the ball back to the visitors.

"We gave them a lot of second attempts and we fouled them on a lot of second attempts," Stewart noted.

Western Hills outscored the Raiders 15-9 at the foul line and the Wolverines took 32 free throws to just 21 by Trimble.

"It was a frustrating night," said Stewart, adding that she shuffled her lineup some in the fourth quarter and got good late play by eight graders Shelbe Black and Kaylee Clifford as Black scored a bucket and Clifford hit a 3-pointer among her 10-point night.

The Raiders were led by Chloe Griffith's 12 points while Eric Gonterman scored 11.

Western Hills got 13 points each from junior forward Aja Leachman and freshman forward Taylor Slade.

The Raiders now break for Christmas but will be right back in action when Trimble plays tourney host Burgin (5-4) in the opening round of the Herrington Lake All "A" Classic at 8 p.m. on Thursday.



at Bedford, Ky.


WESTERN HILLS 12 13 11 17 - 53

TRIMBLE CO. 15 9 4 21 - 49

WESTERN HILLS (5-4) - (f)Leachman 13, (f)Slade 13, (f)Sparkman 8, (g)Ritchie 7, (c)B. Harrod 6, Sutton 3, J. Harrod 2, True 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (3-5) - (f)Griffith 12, (f)Gonterman 11, Clifford 10, (g)P. Black 7, (f)Consley 4, (f)Ball 2, S. Black 2, Dunlap 1, Brewer 0, Brierly 0.

3-Point Goals - Western Hills 1 (Slade 1), Trimble Co. 4 (Gonterman 2, Clifford 2). Free Throws - Western Hills 15-32 (46.9%), Trimble Co. 9-21 (42.9%). Team Fouls - Western Hills 16, Trimble Co. 24. Fouled Out - Western Hills (B. Harrod), Trimble Co. (Gonterman). Technical Fouls - None. Next Game - Western Hills hosts Lexington Henry Clay Dec. 27, Trimble co. plays Burgin in the Herrington lake All A Classic at Burgin on Dec. 27.