Trimble County shook off its post-All 'A' Classic blues with a ugly but effective 62-40 basketball win over border rival Carroll County in girls basketball action Thursday night in Bedford, Ky.

The Lady Raiders, five days removed from being denied an All "A" Eighth Region title 63-54 by Gallatin County, didn't exactly bring their "A" game against the Lady Panthers but what they brought was still more than enough against a team with the worst record in the Eighth Region.

Carroll (3-12) fell behind quickly as Trimble forged a 24-10 lead after one quarter and the Raiders outscored the Panthers 27-18 over the next two period to put the game out of reach well before Carroll outscored Trimble 12-11 in the final frame.

"It was one of those games where you've just got to grind it out," Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We didn't play as well as we would have liked but games like this make it sometimes hard to play your sharpest."

The Panthers tried to employ a box and chaser on Trimble's high-scoring guard Paige Black but the junior still hit for a team-high 19 points.

Erin Gonterman scored 13 for Trimble before fouling out of the game and Chloe Griffith added eight.

Meanwhile, Carroll County sophomore center Lauren Moore scored a game-high 21 points for the Panthers including 11-of-18 at the foul line to go with five field goals.

"She does some good things for them and she got to the line 18 times," Stewart said of the Carroll sophomore.

Miranda Groseclose was the Panthers' only other player in double figures with 11.

The win ups the Raiders' record above .500 at 9-8 with a visit by Henry County (7-13) coming on Tuesday before Trimble plays back-to-back District 29 seeding games at South Oldham (6-11) on Jan. 28 and at North Oldham (6-12) on Feb. 1.

Although all three opponents have losing records, Stewart said the Raiders must maintain their focus and take care of business against conference opponent Henry, which has won two straight, and District rivals South, a winner of five straight, and North Oldham.

"We've got to make sure we're focused because if we don't show up to play we can lose to anybody," Stewart said. "It's important that we win these games and especially important that we win against South Oldham and North Oldham."

Trimble already has a 65-57 loss to District rival Oldham County so a win over South and North would go a long way toward seeding Trimble away from the Colonels until the District championship round. Oldham edge Trimble 53-52 in the 2012 District semifinals on a buzzer beater.

"Year-in and year-out were probably going to be at a disadvantage with the Oldham County schools but this is a year where we match up well with all three of them," Stewart said. "This year we have a shot to beat them and we want to focus on making that happen."



at Bedford, Ky.


CARROLL CO. 10 15 3 12 - 40

TRIMBLE CO. 24 16 11 11 - 62

CARROLL CO. (3-12, 1-2 NCKC) - (f)Moore 21, Groseclose 11, (g)Kindoll 6, (g)Williamson 2, (g)Amick 0, (f)McIntyre 0, Burgin 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (9-8, 1-1 NCKC) - (g)P. Black 19, (f)E. Gonterman 13, (f)Griffith 8, (g)Dunlap 6, Clifford 6, Brierly 5, Consley 3, S. Black 2, (f)Ball 0, Brewer 0, K. Gonterman 0.

3-Point Goals - Carroll Co. 2 (Kindoll 1, Groseclose 1); Trimble Co. 5 (E. Gonterman 2, P. Black 2, Brierly 1). Free Throws - Carroll Co. 18-27 (67%), Trimble Co. 15-20 (75%). Total Fouls - Carroll Co. 18, Trimble Co. 22. Fouled Out - Carroll Co. (None); Trimble Co. (E. Gonterman). Next Game - Carroll Co. visits Williamstown Saturday; Trimble Co. hosts Henry Co. Tuesday.