Trimble County's Shelby Wilcoxson drives to the basket during Monday's game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County's Shelby Wilcoxson drives to the basket during Monday's game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County had everything in its favor, but too many missed shots spelled doom for the Raiders in a 44-41 loss to Frankfort at home in the girls basketball season opener on Monday.

Trimble held a better than 2-to-1 advantage in foul shots and committed fewer turnovers. But other than 23 second span in the third quarter, the Raiders never held a lead over the final three quarters.

Needless to say, it was a disappointing performance for Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart.

“We missed way too many easy shots. And not just at the end of the game,” Stewart said. “Sometimes you look at the ones at the end of the game and think that’s the difference-maker but it’s not. It’s the shots that you miss throughout the entire game that makes the difference.”

Trimble County (0-1) got Frankfort in serious foul trouble in the first half by aggressively going inside and forcing the action. The result was a 10-6 Raider lead with two minutes to go in the opening quarter.

But Trimble was unable to build on that lead and Frankfort (1-0) closed the quarter with a pair of 3-pointers by Gracie Edelen and Jamaya Chenault to take a 12-10 lead.

Trimble spent the next three quarters chasing the Panthers, largely to no avail. Other than junior Shelby Wilcoxson, who was unstoppable at times, none of the other Raiders could consistently find a way to put the ball in the basket.

Wilcoxson scored all of her team’s points in the third quarter and at one point, had 25 of the Raiders’ 35 points overall. Trimble found some other sources for points over the final quarter, but it was not nearly enough.

“We’ve not seen that in our scrimmages or our practices. We’ve been very balanced, getting scoring from three or four different people,” Stewart said. “They all know that they’re capable. I think we just got rattled from the beginning tonight and never did quite recover from that.:

Trailing 42-37 with 3:29 to play, Trimble cut the lead to one after baskets by Emma Ginn and Colby O’Connor and had the ball with a chance to the take the lead. But the Raiders missed shots on four-straight possessions — including a layup — before Frankfort’s Ti’Anna Mitchell hit two free throws with 35 seconds left to push the lead to three.

Two more missed shots by Trimble over the final 30 seconds ended the game.

Wilcoxson finished the night with 25 points to lead all scorers but no other Raider was in double figures. Ginn had eight points and O’Connor scored five.

Chenault hit three 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Frankfort with Mitchell adding 12 points.

Trimble County returns to action on Friday when it travels to Carroll County.

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Monday’s Girls Game

at Bedford, Ky.

FRANKFORT 44, TRIMBLE CO. 41

FRANKFORT 12 14 7 11 — 44

TRIMBLE CO. 10 13 8 10 — 41

FRANKFORT (1-0) — Chenault 18, Mitchell 12, Walker 5, Clare 3, Edelen 3, Close 2, Ellis 1, Irish 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (0-1) — Wilcoxson 25, Ginn 8, O’Connor 5, Ponder 3, Craig 0, Bromwell 0, Jent 0, Horn 0.

3-Point Goals — Frankfort 5 (Chenault 3, Clare 1, Edelen 1), Trimble Co. 3 (Wilcoxson 2, O’Connor 1). Total Fouls — Frankfort 15, Trimble Co. 14. Free Throws — Frankfort 5-8, Trimble Co. 12-15. Fouled Out — Frankfort: Edelen. Trimble Co.: Ponder.