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By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
Following a close game against Gallatin County in the Dec. 1 season opener and a flogging by Carroll County just four days later, the Lady Raiders were ready for battle when they took the floor Monday night against Grant County. And battle they did, as the team recorded their first win of the season, 53-42, in front of a home crowd.
Coming into the game, some fans were a bit skeptical after the 25-54 beating the girls suffered at the hands of the Panthers. However, from the tip off, the team was looking good even though the team trailed 9-13 at the end of the first quarter. Junior Macy Mitchell was credited with 7 of those points, but her teammates quickly stepped up to begin the second period.
“I was wondering how our girls were going to respond after the loss they took last week. I want to get them on consistent note no matter who the opponent is,” coach Kerri Stewart said.
The Lady Raiders really got with the program in the second quarter with great scoring from Mitchell and Chloe Griffith. Trimble outscored Grant County 17-6 in the second quarter, which not only boosted their confidence going into the second half, but gave them the lead 26-19.
In the third quarter Trimble begain to flail as they started playing like the team defeated by Carroll days earlier. Calling a timeout, Stewart tried to light a fire under her players but it wasn’t enough. The team allowed Grant to put 11 points on the board, compared to the home team’s five, all provided by Raegan Black. Going into the final period, Grant had cut the deficit to one.
The Lady Raiders came into the fourth quarter ready to play. Mitchell, Black, Griffith, Katie Callis, and freshman Sara-Kate Long, shooting 5 for 5, provided great concentration at the free throw line, giving Trimble 12 of 15 from the charity strike. Callis scored 4 of her 6 game points in the fourth, as Long added 7 of her 9 total points.
Long also made a great fourth quarter play under the basket and added a foul after getting a rebound and going up strong. The extra effort from the freshman helped seal the deal for the Lady Raiders, giving them the win 53-42.
Macy Mitchell led in scoring with 20 points on the night.
“Our whole team is young but the play that really young girls such as Sara-Kate and Chloe are showing is great,” Stewart said. “All the girls…have matured as a team and individually since the summer.”
The Lady Raiders travel to Williamstown Dec. 12 to face the 1-2 Lady Demons. They will continue on the road Dec. 15 against Walton Verona and will return home Dec. 19 to take on Oldham County at 6 p.m.