Trimble County battled Western Hills to the end, dropping a 44-36 decision in girls basketball Friday.

The Raiders, who end the regular season with a 3-21 record, stayed with Western Hills most of the way, trailing only 31-28 entering the fourth quarter.

The difference in the game was free throws. Western Hills was 17-of-27 compared to just 5-of-9 for Trimble County.

"They did a good job of getting to the basket and forcing fouls. The beat us 17-5 in free throws and we lost by eight," Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said.

Despite the loss, Stewart was pleased with her team's efforts against one of the better teams in the area.

"We knew Western Hills was a good team. They beat Shelby County and some other good teams," Stewart said. "We played hard and played well for most of the game. We would have liked to have gotten the win, but we're peaking at the right time and hopefully this will carry over against Oldham County next week."

Macy Mitchell led the Raiders with 19 points.

Trimble faces Oldham County in the opener of the 29th District Tournament Tuesday at Oldham.

Other games

In Carrollton, Carroll County's girls fell to Walton-Verona 47-43 in overtime. Despite the loss, the Panthers clinched the North Central Kentucky Conference title outright with a 9-2 record. The Panthers host Henry County Tuesday in the 31st District opener.

Trimble County's boys ended the regular season with a win, defeating Eminence 47-31. The Raiders face North Oldham at Oldham County Tuesday in the 29th District tournament opener.

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at Frankfort

WESTERN HILLS 44, TRIMBLE CO. 36

TRIMBLE CO. 7 11 9 9 - 36

WESTERN HILLS 10 8 13 13 - 44

TRIMBLE CO. (3-21) - (f)Mitchell 19, (g)R. Black 5, (g)Ball 4, (f)Long 4, (g)Callis 2, Dunlap 1, Kidwell 1, Davis 0, Temple 0.

WESTERN HILLS (16-8) - (g)Arnold 15, (g)Walker 13, (f)S. Roberts 6, (f)Mills 4, Watson 3, (g)Cammuse 2, Barnes 1, White 0, Owens 0, Hook 0.

3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 4 (Mitchell 3, Black 1), Western Hills 1 (Watson 1). Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 16, Western Hills 11. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 5-9 (55.6%), Western Hills 17-27 (62.9%). Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Trimble Co. faces Oldham Co. in the 29th District tournament Tuesday at Oldham Co. Western Hills plays Woodford Co. in the 41st District tournament Wednesday at Frankfort.