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Trimble girls never recover from disastrous first quarter
Lady Raiders a late show for showdown at South Oldham
, Courier Sportswriter
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:00 AM
Trimble County’s Erin Gonterman (above, 13) tries to escape the trap set by South Oldham’s Sydney Jones (10) and Erin Wilson during Monday night’s game in Crestwood. The Raiders’ Paige Black (below) attempts to shoot over South’s Emma Sedoris. The Raiders got off a slow start and never recovered in a 56-39 loss. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
"It was a very disappointing first quarter. We didn't come out with any intensity or focus. This was a big game and we had several players that just didn't rise up."
Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart
CRESTWOOD, Ky. - Trimble County suffered through a disastrous first quarter and never recovered in a 56-39 girls basketball loss at South Oldham on Monday.
The Raiders, who would have given themselves a shot at the No. 1 seed in the district with a win, turned the ball over eight times in the first eight minutes and hit only one shot from the floor as South rolled out to a 21-3 lead after a quarter.
Trimble steadied itself enough to win the final three quarters but the damage had already been done. As a result, South clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 29th District Tournament and the Raiders were left with one more chance on Friday at North Oldham to avoid getting swept in district play.
"It was a very disappointing first quarter," Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We didn't come out with any intensity or focus. This was a big game and we had several players that just didn't rise up."
South Oldham (10-12, 3-0 District 29) didn't exactly come out on fire. The Dragons, playing on senior night, scored only five points in the game's first four minutes, getting a 3-pointer from Kayla Mullins and a basket from Corrine Sanford.
Trimble answered with a basket from Paige Black and a free throw by Chloe Griffith to trail only 5-3 with 3:52 left in the first.
But the rest of the quarter belonged to South Oldham. Fueled by Trimble turnovers and missed shots, the Dragons finally got rolling and closed the stanza on a tear, ripping off a 16-0 run to put the game out of reach early.
Trimble County (10-9, 0-2 District) almost tripled its scoring output in the second quarter but South still built upon its lead and headed into halftime leading 35-14.
Sanford's basket to open the third quarter gave the Dragons their biggest lead of the night at 23 (37-14) but over the next 13-plus minutes, Trimble began chipping away.
The key to Trimble's success in the second half came via its younger players. Eighth graders Shelbe Black and Kayla Clifford, along with freshman Mila Consley joined with senior Griffith to propel the Raiders to within 13 points late in the game.
"My hat's off to our younger players. We had a couple of eighth graders, a freshman and a sophomore that came in and played very well," Stewart said. "We had some people who felt that the game was over in the first half and our young kids came in and just played ball and they nearly brought us back. I think we found five players there in the fourth that we can rely on if we need to."
The Raiders may have been able to make it more of a game had they been able to hit free throws down the stretch. Consley hit a pair of free throws to close the gap to 50-36 with 4:17 to play but Trimble missed three-straight free throws after that, including one on the front end of a bonus situation.
Ashley Brierly's off-balance 3-pointer made it a 13-point game (52-39) with 1:06 left but the Raiders didn't score again.
Paige Black led Trimble County with 11 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter but the Raiders nearly came back without her. Stewart was particularly pleased with Griffith, who had four rebounds off her own misses and played nearly the entire game without a break.
"That's what Chloe does game-in and game-out. She hustles and she gives it her all," Stewart said.
Emma Sedoris scored 10 points to lead a balanced South Oldham attack that saw eight different players score.
While the loss ends Trimble's hopes at the district's No. 1 seed, it doesn't end the Raiders' hopes at a regional berth or even the 29th District title. Stewart walked away from the game believing her team can play with South Oldham, the top seed, as well as Oldham County and North Oldham.
"We have no reason to be worried or scared. We have proven that we can play with all three of the Oldhams," Stewart said. "If we play like we did in the second half we can get to the regional or win the district. If we win the district, who knows, maybe we get a good draw and we end up like Gallatin County did except we'll be playing in Bowling Green instead of Frankfort. That's what we have to aim for."
MONDAY'S GIRLS GAME
at Crestwood, Ky.
SOUTH OLDHAM 56, TRIMBLE CO. 39
TRIMBLE CO. 3 11 10 15 - 39
SOUTH OLDHAM 21 14 5 16 - 56
TRIMBLE CO. (10-9, 0-2 Dist.) - (g)P. Black 11, Clifford 7, S. Black 6, (f)Griffith 5, Consley 4, Brierly 3, (f)E. Gonterman 2, (g)Dunlap 1, (f)Ball 0, Brewer 0.
SOUTH OLDHAM (10-12, 3-0 Dist.) - Sedoris 10, Jones 9, (f)Beaudrie 8, Wilson 8, (g)Mullins 7, Platt 6, (g)Sanford 6, (g)VanZant 2, (f)Taylor 0, Schumm 0.
3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 3 (P. Black 1, Clifford 1, Brierly 1), South Oldham 3 (Mullins 2, Jones 1). Turnovers - Trimble Co. 23, South Oldham 16. Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 15, South Oldham 19. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 10-16, South Oldham 13-24. Fouled Out - Trimble Co.: P. Black. Next Game - Trimble Co. visits North Oldham Friday. South Oldham visits Meade Co. Thursday.
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