Owen County blew open the game in the second quarter and rolled to a 64-33 win over Trimble County in the semifinals of the girls All “A” Classic Eighth Region Tournament Friday at Carroll County.
The Raiders stayed with the favored Rebels for the first few minutes but trailed 15-6 after the first quarter. Owen opened the second period with seven-straight points, gave up a 3-pointer to Trimble’s Emma Ginn, then scored 14 more points as part of a 23-7 rally that blew the game open.
While the loss was far from ideal, Trimble coach Kerrie Stewart said that it was something her team can build on as the short season gets under way.
“We knew that they were going to come out and give is that punch and the key was how we were going to respond to it,” Stewart said. “We got a little down and got away from the things that we were trying to do. We got caught up in one on one dribbling and our spacing got bad and we lost our intensity on defense. And that’s what we need to do. If we can keep up our intensity, when the other things aren’t going well, at least we can stay in the game.”
Owen County (2-2) spent the game determined not to let the Raiders’ leading scorer Shelby Wilcoxson beat them and for the most part succeeded. Wilcoxson, who scored 16 points in Trimble’s win over Gallatin County on Monday, scored just seven on Friday and only two in the first half.
With Wilcoxson bottled up, the Raiders had little offense in which to combat the Rebels. Sophomore Emma Ginn did her best to take up the slack, scoring nine of Trimble’s 11 points in the first half but it wasn’t nearly enough.
“Everybody in the region right now thinks that if you take Shelby Wilcoxson out of the game, the Lady Raiders lose. We’re not willing to let that happen,” Stewart said. “We’ve got to find ways to help Shelby get involved in the game certainly, but the only way that happens is if the others step up. And when the others step up, it allows Shelby to open up. And when Shelby opens up, that allows that of others. It was a very teachable moment today.”
Trimble (1-1) trailed 38-11 at halftime and 52-18 after three quarters when the Raiders put together their best stretch of the game, outscoring Owen 15-12 to avoid a running clock.
Ginn finished with nine points to lead Trimble while freshman Addison Edmondson scored eight. Elise Beeles came off the bench to score four points in the fourth quarter.
Gracie Ferguson scored 17 points and Destiny Goodrich added 13 points to lead Owen.
Owen faced Walton-Verona in the championship game on Saturday and lost 51-48.
Trimble returns to action with a busy week. The Raiders hosted Iroquois on Monday before crossing the Ohio River today to face Switzerland County. Trimble then travels to North Bullitt on Wednesday and hosts Highlands Latin on Saturday.