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After falling to border rivals Carroll County in their last two match-ups, the Trimble County Lady Raiders were ready for battle last Thursday night.
However, the Lady Panthers proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the triple-header that ended with the hometown varsity girls falling 43-53, to put the team at 1-14 for the season.
From the tip off, the Trimble girls showed an abundance of energy at both ends of the floor. The first quarter was back and forth as the Lady Raiders had the Panthers by the tail to keep the score close at 11-12.
Down by one, the Lady Raiders loosened their grip to allow Carroll the space they needed to put points on the board. Going into halftime, eighth-grader Chloe Griffith was the leading scorer for Trimble, but her seven points weren’t enough to counter the Panther offense, as Carroll led 30-22 at the break.
Carroll took control of the third period, outscoring Trimble 13-6. The Lady Raiders, however, weren’t ready to give up. In a last ditch effort, the team finally displayed great defensive maneuvers, but couldn’t control Panther guard Hannah Devine. Devine finished the game with 20 points, nine of which were scored in the final period.
Raegan Black was the leading scorer for Trimble, posting 10 of her 14 points in the fourth.
The Lady Raiders take on the Henry County Lady Wildcats tomorrow night at home, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.