Trimble County and Carroll County girls basketball were both knocked out of the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament with opening round losses Monday at Williamstown.

Trimble (2-12) found itself in a battle from the start against Williamstown (9-7) before falling 36-34 in the closest of three games played on opening night. The Raiders trailed 20-16 at the half and briefly took the lead with about two minutes to go on a pair of Emma Ginn free throws.

But Williamstown went right back on top with a 3-pointer and still held a two-point lead with just over two seconds to go. The Demons missed a pair of free throws to give Trimble a chance, but Shelby Wilcoxson’s game-winning 3-pointer banged off the front of the rim as time expired.

“We played about as well as we have all year, we just weren’t able to pull out the win,” Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said. “I’m proud of the effort we had for all four quarters which is not something that we’ve had this year. You always hate to lose in the ‘A’ but hopefully we can use this to close out the second half on a positive note.”

Wilcoxson scored 15 points to lead Trimble while Ponder had nine points, Colby O’Connor scored six and Ginn had four as the Raiders lost their eight straight.

Haley Middleton scored 13 points to lead Williamstown, now winners of four in a row.

Carroll County (3-10) was ambushed from the start, falling behind 21-3 after the first quarter and never recovering in a 73-27 loss to Walton-Verona (11-4). Brooke Perry scored 17 points to lead Walton and Emma Strunk had 10.

In the middle game at Williamstown, Owen County (11-2) rolled over Eminence (5-11) 76-38. Owen will now face Walton-Verona in the second semifinal on Wednesday while Williamstown will play Gallatin County in the semifinal opener at Williamstown.

The losses mean that both Carroll and Trimble have the rest of the week off. Carroll travels to Beechwood on Jan. 16 while Trimble hosts St. Francis on Jan. 14.

The boys portion of the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament begins play today at Trimble County with Carroll County taking on Eminence at 5:30 p.m. and Trimble facing Owen County at 8:30 p.m. with Walton-Verona meeting Williamstown in between.



Girls Opening Round

at Williamstown


TRIMBLE CO. 6 9 5 13 — 34

WILLIAMSTOWN 12 8 5 11 — 36

TRIMBLE CO. (2-12) — (g)Wilcoxson 15, (g)Ponder 9, O’Connor 6, (g)Ginn 4, (g)Bromwell 0, (g)Craig 0, Jent 0.

WILLIAMSTOWN (9-7) — (c)Middleton 13, (f)Varner 8, (g)Fryman 6, Pence 3, (f)Jordan 3, (g)Price 3, Kemper 0.

3-Point Goals — Trimble Co. 3 (Wilcoxson 2, Ponder 1), Williamstown 5 (Fryman 2, Varner 2, Pence 1). Total Fouls — Trimble Co. 11, Williamstown 13. Free Throws — Trimble Co. 9-14, Williamstown 5-11. Fouled Out — Trimble Co.: Jent. Williamstown: Middleton.