MISS MILLENNIUM: Trimble County’s Paige Black (40) powers past Assumption’s Molly Steinmetz (32) and Nora Kiesler (24) for her 1,000th-career-point during Tuesday’s game in Bedford. Black became the sixth Lady Raider in history to achieve the feat and got a game-ball and plaque from head coach Kerrie Stewart. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
MISS MILLENNIUM: Trimble County’s Paige Black (40) powers past Assumption’s Molly Steinmetz (32) and Nora Kiesler (24) for her 1,000th-career-point during Tuesday’s game in Bedford. Black became the sixth Lady Raider in history to achieve the feat and got a game-ball and plaque from head coach Kerrie Stewart. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County got a chance to honor its senior star on Tuesday but the Lady Raiders were unable to give her the gift of a victory.

Assumption used its size and shooting to pull away from Trimble in the second half of a 56-43 girls basketball win in Bedford. The loss overshadowed the milestone performance by Paige Black, who became the sixth player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.

"Coach made us make three goals for this season and one of mine was to make it into the 1,000-point club," said Black. "Because my aunt made it before me and I wanted to join her and get in myself, I'm excited."

Black needed just six points to reach the mark but it took into the third quarter Tuesday before she was able to pull off the feat against the tall Rockets.

The milestone came in typical Black fashion. The lanky 5-foot-9 guard took a pass in the paint, spun toward the basket and fired a short jumper over two Assumption defenders just over a minute into the third quarter.

The game was quickly stopped so that head coach Kerrie Stewart could present Black with a ball and a plague. Black, who didn't know she was as close as she was, was surprised when they stopped the game.

"I had no idea I was that close and I didn't know why they stopped the game," Black said with a smile. "I thought they said 'technical' at first and I didn't know what was going on."

Black is the first Lady Raider to reach the mark in 15 years - the most recent being Jodi Harmon in the 1996-97 season. Black's aunt, Tiffany (Long) Weaver, was the second Trimble player to break 1,000 points and did so during the 1989-90 season.

"My aunt and uncle really have been an inspiration for me," Black said. "I really look up to her."

Black couldn't have picked a more difficult team to reach the mark against than Assumption. The Rockets featured 6-foot-6 junior center Nora Kiesler, who was as adept at passing as scoring, on the inside and sharp-shooting Cassidy Janes on the outside.

The pair nearly outscored Trimble on their own with Janes hitting five 3-pointers for 21 points and Kiesler adding 20 on the inside. Forced to pick their poison, the Raiders spent the game running toward one player or the other.

"(Kiesler) is a nice player and that's hard for us to prepare for. You're just not going to see players like that, almost never," Stewart said. "But I think her passing hurt us more. When we were able to double her, she passed it out to (Janes) and we just couldn't close on her in time."

Despite the mismatch, Trimble County (3-3) was in the game until midway through the fourth quarter. After trailing 17-13 at the first quarter break, the Raiders cut three points off the lead by halftime.

Black's milestone bucket at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter not only put her in the 1,000-point club, but it also gave Trimble its final lead of the game at 27-26. Kiesler scored her team's next six points to push the Rockets back on top at 32-31 and then Janes took over.

The junior guard hit a 3-pointer, drove to the lane for a bucket then knocked down another trey to kick-start a 10-0 Assumption run. Katie Monaghan capped the rally with a pair of free throws to put the Rockets ahead 42-31.

Kiesler opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets to push the margin to 12 (46-34) before Trimble clawed back into the game. Black got it started with a 3-pointer, Erin Gonterman hit two free throws and Kaylee Clifford and Mila Consley added jumpers to close the gap to six (49-43) with 4:19 to play.

But the Raiders never scored again. Piper Gray stopped the run with a basket and the Rockets closed the game on a 7-0 run to pull away.

Rather than be upset, Stewart was actually pleased with the way her team played, especially coming off a weekend where the Raiders were far from stellar.

"I'm not disappointed at all with the way we played. I think, under the circumstances, we played probably about as well as we could," Stewart said. "I told the girls in the locker room that I would much rather play like this and lose than play poorly and win like we did on Saturday against Switzerland County."

Black and Clifford each scored 11 points to lead Trimble County. Black's total gives her 1,005 career points and puts her within striking distance of four players ahead of her on the list, including her aunt.

But Black was quick to deflect the attention noting that she has had some great teammates in her five years as a varsity player.

"I couldn't have done it without all of my teammates because they make it possible," Black said. "They see the floor and they see me whenever I'm open and I try to return the favor whenever they're open. It's all a big team effort and I couldn't have done it without them."

"Paige is such a team player and an unselfish player. She had 11 points tonight but she also had seven assists and I think that says everything about her," Stewart said.

"She's one of six players in 45 years of Trimble County basketball to do that," Stewart said of the 1,000 points. "It's a huge milestone and it's a testament to her and it's a huge testament to her current teammates and all of those that have come before her and helping set her up for that opportunity. We're just really proud of her and enthused with her efforts and just so glad to be able to recognize her here at home."

Trimble County hosts Williamstown on Saturday before heading to Orlando, Fla., for a three-game trip just after Christmas.

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TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Bedford, Ky.

ASSUMPTION 56, TRIMBLE CO. 43



ASSUMPTION 17 9 16 14 - 56

TRIMBLE CO. 13 12 9 9 - 43



ASSUMPTION (2-2) - (g)Janes 21, (f)Kiesler 20, (g)Steinmetz 4, K. Monaghan 4, (g)Deeley 2, L. Monaghan 2, Gray 2, (f)Mattingly 1, Weston 0, Callahan 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (3-3) - (g)Clifford 11, (g)P. Black 11, (g)Dunlap 8, S. Black 7, (f)Consley 4, (f)E. Gonterman 2, Brierly 0.



3-Point Goals - Assumption 6 (Janes 5, Steinmetz 1), Trimble Co. 3 (Clifford 2, P. Black 1). Total Fouls - Assumption 8, Trimble Co. 15. Free Throws - Assumption 16-23, Trimble Co. 5-8. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Assumption hosts Louisville Christian Academy Thursday. Trimble Co. hosts Williamstown Saturday.