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Trimble comeback falls 3 short to South Oldham
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00 AM
“The second half we played up to our potential. If we would have played just to half of our potential in the first half I think this game would have been a different story. A rocky start but again I was really pleased with our second half effort.”
Trimble head coach Kerrie Stewart
Trimble County made a valiant second half comeback on Wednesday night but ultimately fell 49-46 to District 29 foe South Oldham in girls basketball at home.
For the Raiders, the game was a tale of two halves. After a lackluster first half that saw South Oldham's defense dominate, Trimble made the necessary adjustments at halftime allowing it to catch fire and make a run in the stretch.
But despite getting within a single possession three times in the fourth quarter, South Oldham made enough plays down the stretch to slam the door on what would have been a tremendous come from behind win for the Raiders.
"The second half we played up to our potential," Trimble head coach Kerrie Stewart said. "If we would have played just to half of our potential in the first half I think this game would have been a different story. A rocky start but again I was really pleased with our second half effort."
The fact that Trimble did not score a single point until two seconds were left in the first quarter was enough to prove how tough South Oldham's defense was at the start.
The Dragons led 12-2 after the first quarter and after Trimble scored a quick five to open the second frame, South Oldham held the Raiders to only five more in the final 4:09 to lead 23-12 at halftime.
Sitting in a 2-3 and 1-2-2 zone defense, South Oldham plugged up the paint, forcing Trimble into turnovers and throwing up several uncomfortable long-range shots.
The Dragons took advantage of the situation and blitzed the Raiders on the offensive end. Abby VanZant scored five first quarter points and Erin Wilson dropped in nine first half points leaving Trimble stunned heading into the break.
"We called a couple timeouts and told them to try and get the ball inside more," Stewart said. "Part of that was because our post players really weren't putting a body on somebody to get themselves in position. We've got to get ourselves set up inside so that even if we don't have a great look we can kick the ball out for a better outside look."
The cobwebs looked to be shaken off to start the second half as Trimble opened the third quarter on a 9-4 run highlighted by four points from Mila Consley and a huge 3-pointer by Kaylee Clifford.
But down 27-21, Trimble was unable to sustain the momentum when with 5:07 left in the third senior guard Paige Black was whistled for her third foul to send her to the bench. With Black out, South Oldham pushed the lead back up to 35-22, forcing Stewart to put her senior guard back on the floor.
Upon returning, Black, along with her sister Shelbe, went on a tear of their own with a personal 8-1 run that pulled the Raiders to within six by the end of the third quarter.
Although the move to bring Paige Black back into the ballgame paid off, Stewart admitted it was risky.
"The intention was if we could stay close that we would leave Paige out," Stewart added. "We did that for a while but we had two turnovers back-to-back that allowed them to go back up big. Against a team like South Oldham you have to try and keep her from getting a fourth foul but down 13 we had to get her back in."
A Shelbe Black bucket drew the Raiders to within 36-34 with 4:22 to go in the game but South Oldham pushed the lead back out to 42-34 at the 3:25 mark. Down four with 47 seconds left, Trimble's Jesse Dunlap hit one-of-two free throws but the Dragons again responded and led 49-44 on a Sydney Jones layup.
With 16 seconds to go, a Consley shot from inside pulled Trimble within three at 49-46 and, following a timeout, the Raiders got the ball back when South Oldham opted to take a shot instead of pulling the ball out and killing clock.
With no timeouts and eight seconds left, the Raiders hurried up the floor but a 3-point attempt and rebound putback were both off the mark as the Dragons survived a furious finish to win by three.
"We had a couple opportunities when we were down by two and three but a couple of miscues allowed them to go back up," Stewart said. "We just have to maintain our focus and not allow ourselves to make those kinds of mistakes. In a game like this every possession counts."
Paige Black led the Raiders with 13 points and Clifford added 11.
South Oldham (8-12) was led by Wilson's 15 points. Emma Sedoris and Jones also scored in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively.
The two teams will meet again in the 29th District Tournament at North Oldham in two weeks as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the district. The winner of the game will not only advance to the district finals, but also receive an automatic berth to the Eighth Region tournament.
Trimble County (15-7) visits Owen County on Friday.
WEDNESDAY'S GIRLS GAME
at Bedford, Ky.
SOUTH OLDHAM 49, TRIMBLE CO. 46
SOUTH OLDHAM 12 11 13 13 - 49
TRIMBLE CO. 2 10 18 16 - 46
SOUTH OLDHAM (8-12) - (f)Wilson 15, (f)Sedoris 12, (g)Jones 10, (g)VanZant 9, (c)Platt 3, Schumm 0, Ansert 0.
TRIMBLE CO. (15-7) - (g)P. Black 13, (g)Clifford 11, (f)Consley 8, S. Black 8, (g)Dunlap 6, E. Gonterman 0, Brierly 0.
3-Point Goals - South Oldham 1 (Platt 1), Trimble Co. 4 (P.Black 2, Clifford 2). Total Fouls - South Oldham 12, Trimble Co. 18. Free Throws - South Oldham 16-22, Trimble Co. 8-13. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - South Oldham hosts Anderson Co. next Tuesday; Trimble Co. visits Owen Co. on Friday.
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