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Trimble girls run win streak to four
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Trimble County's girls basketball team ran its record to 8-4 with a pair of wins at home over the weekend.
The Lady Raiders, who have now won four straight, defeated Walton-Verona 68-62 on Friday then pounded Louisville Brown 69-7 on Saturday.
The win over Walton-Verona was Trimble's first in the series since 2008. The Raiders shot 73 percent in the first half and built a 19-point lead before holding on for the six-point win.
"We didn't shoot nearly as well in the second half but we did what we needed to do to win the game," Trimble County coach Kerrie Stewart said. "It was a good effort for us. Kaylee Clifford really played well. She's a real calming influence and she has steady nerves which is impressive considering that she is a freshman."
Senior Paige Black scored a season-high 27 points to lead Trimble while Clifford had 16 points and Shelbe Black added 13.
On Saturday, Trimble County led 30-0 after the first quarter and 52-0 at halftime before settling for the final 69-7 win.
The Raiders played every player in uniform and each one scored in the win. Erin Gonterman led Trimble County with a career-high 18 points and Paige Black scored 12. Freshman Cheyenne Riddle scored nine points in her first varsity game.
"This was a tough game. If there is a positive, our kids tried very hard to play within themselves and focus on what they needed to do," Stewart said. "Erin Gonterman does a lot of the dirty stuff for us and she doesn't get enough credit for what she does so it was nice to see her score 18 points and lead us in scoring. And Cheyenne got a chance to come in and play well."
The two wins came after a very strong trip to Orlando, Fla., last week where the Raiders won two games. Trimble opened with a close 65-58 loss to North Marion, the 11th-ranked team in West Virginia, but rebounded to beat West Limestone (Ala.) 59-54 and Owen J. Roberts (Tenn.) 62-57.
Paige Black scored 18 points and Jessie Dunlap scored 10 in the win over North Marion, Paige Black had 24 points and Dunlap 12 against West Limestone while Dunlap had 16, Shelbe Black had 14 and Paige Black scored 13 against Roberts.
"We went 2-1 and played very well against North Marion after a bad first quarter," Stewart said. "It was a good trip for us, both on the court and at the parks. Hopefully we can use that and have a good rest of the season."
Trimble hosts Owen County today in a junior varsity-varsity doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
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