Trimble County girls basketball pressed Collegiate into submission while putting four players in double figures and scoring the Lady Raiders’ fourth win of the season 61-48 on Thursday in Louisville.

The win allowed the young Raiders to halt a three-game losing streak and double their wins total from a year ago. And with several more evenly-matched opponents on this year’s schedule that’s just the kind of late season momentum head coach Kerrie Stewart needs to finish out the season and carry over to next year.

“We’ve doubled our wins from last year and we’ve got the opportunity to get some more wins down the stretch,” Stewart said of a team that starts two juniors, a sophomore and two eighth graders. “We’d like to finish this season strong and get a good spring and summer and be the best we can be come next season. If we can do that I think we can be right back in the thick of things again next year.”

Trimble got off to a good start Thursday against the Amazons when Stewart opened with a press she and her coaches installed just after Christmas. The result was a 17-4 lead after the first quarter.

“We got some turnovers and did a nice job of running the floor,” Stewart said. “We put the press in after Christmas not so much to turn the other team over as to get our kids playing hard and with enthusiasm. It’s still not perfect but it’s been very good for us. It’s like a new lease on life.”

Trimble outscored Collegiate 11-6 in the second quarter to push ahead 28-10 at halftime but the young Raiders still had a few bumps ahead before they could put the Amazons away. Collegiate made runs in both the third and fourth quarters to make the game interesting but never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

“They had two big runs in the second half,” Stewart noted. “One cut it to 10 in the third quarter before we called timeout, regrouped and got the lead back to 18 by the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter they cut it to eight but that’s as close as our girls let them get.

“We’re starting to grow up a little bit. Now when people make runs at us we’re not folding,” Stewart said. “I have to remind myself that sometimes when we play like an inexperienced team it’s because we are a young team and just know that we’ve got a lot of potential but it’s going to take a lot of baby steps to get there.”

Sophomore forward Shelby Wilcoxson led the Raiders with 20 points while junior guard Abby Ponder hit three 3-pointers and scored 16, junior guard Colby O’Conner scored 11 and eighth-grader Emma Ginn added 10.

Collegiate (6-10) was led by junior forward Haylee Wright’s game-high 25 points while freshman guard Eris Kincaid added 11.

The Raiders now visit Villa Madonna (9-10) on Saturday.



at Louisville


TRIMBLE CO. 17 11 22 11 — 61

COLLEGIATE 4 6 22 16 — 48

TRIMBLE CO. (4-15) — (f)Wilcoxson 20, (g)Ponder 16, (g)O’Conner 11, (g)Ginn 10, (g)Jent 2, Bromwell 2, Horn 0, Craig 0, Cornish 0, Cissell 0, Gonterman 0, Stark 0.

COLLEGIATE (6-10) — (f)Wright 25, (g)Kincaid 11, (c)Stites 5, (g)Doggett 3, Coomes 2, Lewis 2, (f)Geer 0.

3-Point Goals — Trimble Co. 4 (Ponder 3, O’Conner 1), Collegiate 3 (Kincaid 2, Wright 1). Free Throws — Trimble Co. 9-16, Collegiate 3-11. Total Fouls — Trimble Co. 15, Collegiate 15. Fouled Out — None. Turnovers — Trimble Co. 16, Collegiate 18.