Trimble County battled John Hardin even through one half, before falling 51-40 in the Lady Raiders' regular-season finale Friday at home.

Trimble trailed 19-16 after a high-scoring first quarter but tied the game at 27-27 by halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the Raiders' downfall. John Hardin (22-7) outscored Trimble 16-6 in the quarter and hit eight free throws in the fourth to pull out the win.

"John Hardin took control of the game with seven straight points at the start of the third and we never recovered," Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We played well at the start. We were able to throw over their press and get easy baskets. But in the second they switched to a 3-2 zone and it really slowed us down."

One of the biggest reasons for John Hardin's success was 6-foot-3 senior center Michelle Montgomery who powered her way to a game-high 15 points. Montgomery's presence inside forced the Raiders to change their game-plan.

"We really didn't have anybody that could match up with her well," Stewart said. "We put (freshman Mila) Consley on her in the second and she didn't score but she got away from us again in the third."

Junior Paige Black led Trimble County with 14 points while senior Chloe Griffith had nine. Senior Jesse Ball chipped in two in her final home game.

"I can't say enough about my two seniors. They both played well and they have represented Trimble County well," Stewart said. "Hopefully we can get them a few more games and get them into the regional and send them out right."

Trimble (13-12) opens 29th District Tournament play at Oldham County (14-11) on Wednesday. The third-seeded Raiders lost to Oldham by eight in December and need only one win to reach the regional for the first time in over a decade.

"John Hardin is a very good team and we just didn't match up well with them," Stewart said. "Still, I would rather play a team like that going into the district than somebody we can just roll over. I think it prepares us better and I think we'll be ready."



at Bedford, Ky.


JOHN HARDIN 19 8 16 8 - 51

TRIMBLE CO. 16 11 6 7 - 40

JOHN HARDIN (22-7) - (c)Montgomery 15, (g)Haley 13, (g)Jackson 9, (g)Fletcher 6, (f)Small 4, Bohannon 3, Freeman 1, Taylor 0, White 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (13-12) - (g)P. Black 14, (f)Griffith 9, (f)E. Gonterman 8, Consley 4, Clifford 3, (f)Ball 2, (g)Dunlap 0, Brierly 0.

3-Point Goals - John Hardin 4 (Fletcher 2, Bohannon 1, Haley 1), Trimble Co. 3 (P. Black 2, Clifford 1). Total Fouls - John Hardin 11, Trimble Co. 12. Free Throws - John Hardin 11-14, Trimble Co. 3-4. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - John Hardin faces North Hardin in the 17th District senifinals at North Hardin Thursday. Trimble Co. plays Oldham Co. in the 29th District senifinals at Oldham Co. Wednesday.