Trimble County’s Chloe Griffith (right) and Jessica Ball (12) battle for the ball with Walton-Verona’s Shelby Mullikin and Molly Clinkenbeard Wednesday night in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Trimble County’s Chloe Griffith (right) and Jessica Ball (12) battle for the ball with Walton-Verona’s Shelby Mullikin and Molly Clinkenbeard Wednesday night in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
The Trimble County Lady Raiders could taste an upset win over Walton-Verona, one of the Eighth Region's top teams, Wednesday in Bedford. They had the Bearcats on the ropes in the final seconds but couldn't make the kill.

Walton-Verona forced an overtime with the game knotted at 40-40 at the end of regulation and inflicted a 10-2 knockout punch in the overtime period for a 50-43 win.

In the end, it was Walton-Verona's height advantage underneath the basket that proved to be the difference.

"They had like four put-backs in the overtime period," Trimble County coach Kerrie Stewart said. "That's a lot of offensive rebounds. We got away from basics in the overtime."

The game went back and forth all night long with the Bearcats grabbing the lead early. Three-pointers from Hannah Sullivan and Hailey Ison helped propel Walton-Verona to a 16-9 advantage after one quarter.

As the second quarter progressed Trimble County's offense came to life while the Bearcats' offense went south. Paige Black, Kaylee Clifford, Erin Gonterman and Jessica Ball each knocked down treys as the Raiders fought back to take a 25-20 lead at halftime.

Trimble County was unable to keep its second quarter momentum alive for the third period, allowing the Bearcats to bounce back into the driver's seat. Walton-Verona, on the strength of Ison's and Michele Judy's play, outscored the Raiders 13-4 to take a 33-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

Baskets by Paige Black and a pair by Chloe Griffith gave the Raiders a 35-33 lead midway through the fourth period. Kaylee Clifford later gave the Raiders a 38-35 advantage.

Judy brought the Bearcats to within one at 38-37 before Griffith gave Trimble a 40-37 lead with 45 seconds remaining. The Raiders missed the front end of a bonus situation with 29 seconds left, opening the door for the game-tying 3-pointer by Walton-Verona reserve guard Molly Clinkenbeard with 14.7 seconds.

Trimble County missed a last-second basket and the game went into overtime tied at 40.

Walton-Verona's Shelby Mullikin buried a 3-pointer as the extra period opened. After a free throw by Griffith to bring the Raiders to within two, Ison hit a basket to give the Bearcats a 45-41 lead.

In the final minutes, Trimble County had trouble holding onto the ball and had to foul to try to get it back. The Bearcats took advantage by building their lead at the free throw line.

One of Stewart's concerns was her team's rushing its shots in the second half.

"We got away from running our offense at a point where we needed to be setting the tone," she said. "We had a three or four point lead and we started rushing threes up there."

Stewart liked what she saw from Griffith.

"Chloe is so consistent with her effort on every possession," Stewart said. "I just wish we could get everybody to play as solid as she is playing."

The Lady Raiders return to action Saturday at Spencer County.


at Bedford, Ky.


WALTON-VERONA 16 4 13 7 10 - 50

TRIMBLE CO. 9 16 4 11 2 - 42

WALTON-VERONA (10-5, 3-0 NCKC) - (f)Ison 18, (c)Judy 12, (g)Mullikin 6, (f)McAdams 4, (g)Sullivan 3, Mills 3, Clinkenbeard 3, Luebbe 1, Zwick 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (5-7, 1-3 NCKC) - (g)P. Black 10, (f)Griffith 9, Clifford 8, (f)Gonterman 5, Ball 5, (f)Consley 4, (g)Dunlap 1, S. Black 0.

3-Point Goals - Walton-Verona 5 (Ison 2, Clinkenbeard 1, Mullikin 1, Sullivan 1), Trimble Co. 6 (Clifford 2, P. Black 2, Ball 1, Gonterman 1). Total Fouls - Walton-Verona 17, Trimble Co. 14. Free Throws - Walton-Verona 13-18, Trimble Co. 6-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Walton-Verona meets Eminence in the opening round of the All "A" Classic 8th Region Tournament at Eminence Jan. 9. Trimble Co. visits Spencer Co. Saturday.