Kylie Kramer's runner in the lane with three seconds left lifted Campbell County to a 53-51 victory over Trimble County in Tuesday's girls basketball season opener in Bedford.

With Trimble leading 51-49, Campbell's Carson Gray drove baseline and connected on a reverse layup that forced the Raiders to call their final timeout of the contest with the game tied at 51.

Coming out of the timeout, Trimble was whistled for a traveling violation that allowed the Camels to regain possession and set up their final play. Following a full timeout taken by Campbell, Kramer's game-winner came on a simple drive capped by a runner right down the middle of the lane.

With no timeouts left, the Raiders could only watch the final three seconds tick away as they were unable to get off a final shot, ending their night on the wrong end of what was an exciting season opener.

"We played hard," Trimble head coach Kerrie Stewart said. "We lacked in our mental preparation tonight. We had a lot of turnovers early and maybe that was just first game jitters but we should have settled down. We had a two-point lead with 18 seconds left and should have pulled the ball out and waited to get fouled but we didn't do that. We just have to be aware at all times and be as prepared as we are physically."

Playing at a near frantic pace for much of the first half, the two teams literally sprinted up and down for the game's first 16 minutes. Trimble's Paige Black scored seven quick points in the game's first four minutes but a Kramer field goal and two free throws by Hannah Graff helped Campbell County (1-0) take a 15-11 advantage after the first quarter.

But playing an up-tempo offense comes with potential risks and some of those were exposed as the first half progressed.

The two teams combined for 34 turnovers in the first half. Trimble, who committed 18 of its 31 for the game in the first two quarters trailed by as many as seven points in the second quarter due to the mistakes.

On the flip side, the Camels turned the ball over 37 times in the game with 16 of those miscues coming in the first half.

It was turnovers late in the first half that allowed Campbell's seven-point lead to evaporate when shots by Black and Jesse Dunlap gave Trimble a 25-22 lead.

Two Raider hiccups in the final minute reopened the door for Campbell County and Gray and Kramer drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to send the Camels into halftime on top 28-25.

"We just had too many turnovers," Stewart said. "Some of those I'll chalk up to being the first game and the others are ones where we can fix by just taking care of business and making corrections in practice."

Trimble (0-1) took care of the ball and executed much better in the third quarter while Campbell's problems continued. After the Camels led by five with 7:09 left, the Raiders road their transition offense off Campbell turnovers to close out the third on a 13-6 run and lead 40-38 heading into the final period.

Fifty seconds into the fourth quarter, the Raiders took a big hit when leading scorer Paige Black was forced out of the game with a leg cramp. Black, who had already scored what would be a game-high 17 points in the first three quarters, did not return and her absence was felt immediately.

With the team's primary scorer and ballhandler on the bench, Black's teammates were forced to assume bigger roles if Trimble was to stay in the game. Despite ultimately falling short of the win, the Raiders for the most part proved they could do that.

Kaylee Clifford, a freshman guard, provided ball-handling and much needed leadership at the point guard position in the final quarter and senior Jesse Dunlap came up with 14 points on the night including four in the fourth quarter that helped Trimble maintain an early lead.

The Raiders also received significant help on the boards from freshman Shelbe Black and sophomore Mila Consley. Black pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while Consley had eight.

"I was extremely pleased with how well the other girls stepped up tonight when Paige went down," Stewart said. "If we play like that with her in the game, too, then good things are going to happen for us down the road."

Trimble County hosts border rival Carroll County (1-0) on Friday in a North Central Kentucky Conference matchup.



at Bedford, Ky.


CAMPBELL CO. 15 13 10 15 - 53

TRIMBLE CO. 11 14 15 11 - 51

CAMPBELL CO. (1-0) - (g)Kramer 15, H. Schwarber 10, (f)Machal 9, (g)Gray 5, Jolly 4, (g)Mergard 4, (f)Rice 4, Graff 2, Deutsch 0, M. Schwarber 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (0-1) - (g)P. Black 17, (g)Dunlap 14, (g)Clifford 8, (g)Consley 8, (f)E. Gonterman 2, Brierly 2, S. Black 0, Brewer 0, K. Gonterman 0.

3-Point Goals - Campbell Co. 2 (Gray 1, Kramer 1), Trimble Co. 2 (P. Black 1, Clifford 1). Turnovers - Campbell Co. 37, Trimble Co. 31. Total Fouls - Campbell Co. 11, Trimble Co. 13. Free Throws - Campbell Co. 7-16, Trimble Co. 5-6. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Campbell Co. hosts Conner Thursday. Trimble Co. hosts Carroll Co. Friday.