RAIDERS-PACERS: Trimble County’s Jessie Ball (above, left) grapples for the ball with Switzerland County’s Courtney Pedraza (right) and MaKenzie Mathews. The Pacers’ Eve Galbreath (below, 40) has her shot blocked from behind by Trimble’s Jessie Dunlap. The Lady Raiders beat the Lady Pacers 62-40 Thursday night in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photos by David Hill)
RAIDERS-PACERS: Trimble County’s Jessie Ball (above, left) grapples for the ball with Switzerland County’s Courtney Pedraza (right) and MaKenzie Mathews. The Pacers’ Eve Galbreath (below, 40) has her shot blocked from behind by Trimble’s Jessie Dunlap. The Lady Raiders beat the Lady Pacers 62-40 Thursday night in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photos by David Hill)
On the strength of accurate shooting from both inside and out, Trimble County built an early sizable lead against visiting Switzerland County and coasted to a 62-40 victory Thursday in Bedford.

"We just didn't come ready to play tonight," said Switzerland County coach Ashley Chase, whose Pacers had gotten off to a 3-1 start. "We made a lot of early mistakes and turnovers and they exposed our weaknesses."

Trimble County head coach Kerrie Stewart was impressed with her team's overall play, especially in the first quarter where the Raiders exploded for four 3-pointers - three by Erin Gonterman - en route to taking a 23-13 lead by the buzzer.

"We had a really good night shooting with three players in double-figures," Stewart said. "While Erin's threes got us going and built our confidence offensively, we were doing an impressive job on defense. That's three games now Chloe (Griffith) has had double-doubles on scoring and rebounding."

After Switzerland County owned a pair of early leads, thanks to baskets by Bre Ricketts and Eve Galbreath, the Raiders grabbed the lead for good 10-6 on a trey and a deuce by Paige Black. Jessie Dunlap also scored five of her seven points in the opening frame.

Galbreath enjoyed a six-point first quarter and Hailee Lay added four for the Pacers.

Thanks to continued good shooting, Trimble County kept adding on to its lead. Consecutive baskets by Griffith, Gonterman and Dunlap, which were fed by the strong Raiders' defense, gave them a 34-18 lead with just under three minutes left in the half.

The Pacers' Shelby O'Neal added a pair of free throws and two buckets in the closing moments but Switzerland County had a long road ahead, trailing 38-24 at intermission.

Trimble County's one blip on the radar came with a seven-point third quarter, but Switzerland County could only manage to get two points back with its nine points.

"I think we might of gotten a bit antsy on some of our shots during that quarter," Stewart said.

Paige Black came back with nine fourth quarter points and the Raiders outscored their opponent 17-7 to walk away with the win.

Black led all scorers with 22 points and Galbreath was next with 15.

Stewart was impressed with a pair of her younger players.

"I thought Taylor (Brewer) and Ashley (Brierly) gave us some good minutes tonight, as well as Katie (Gonterman)," Stewart said. "Katie played a minute and a half and got three rebounds and a basket. I saw lots to be proud of tonight."

While Switzerland County prepares for its home meeting with South Ripley on Tuesday, Trimble County travels to Williamstown on Saturday.

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THURSDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Bedford, Ky.

TRIMBLE CO. 62, SWITZERLAND CO. 40



SWITZERLAND CO. 13 11 9 7 - 40

TRIMBLE CO. 23 15 7 17 - 62



SWITZERLAND CO. (3-2) - (c)Galbraith 15, O'Neal 7, Lay 6, (f)Mathews 5, (g)Todd 4, (f)Ricketts 3, (g)Konkle 0, Coy 0, Pedraza 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (2-2) - (g)P. Black 22, (f)Griffith 12, (f)E. Gonterman 11, (g)Dunlap 7, Brierly 4, (f)Ball 2, K. Gonterman 2, Consley 2, Brewer 0.



3-Point Goals - Switzerland Co. 1 (Mathews 1), Trimble Co. 6 (E. Gonterman 3, P. Black 3), Total Fouls - Switzerland Co. 10, Trimble Co. 15. Free Throws - Switzerland Co. 7-15, Trimble Co. 6-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Switzerland Co. hosts South Ripley Tuesday. Trimble Co. visits Williamstown Saturday.