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Raiders bested by rival Panthers, 62-57

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By Dave Taylor

The Trimble Banner

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CARROLLTON, Ky. – It was a game played in alternating spurts of momentum between the Trimble County Raiders and their hosts, the Carroll County Panthers, Tuesday, Feb. 2. 

It was the third pairing for the rival schools, who each had previously won one game.

Initially, Carroll County had the hot hand, leaping out to a nine-point advantage midway through the first quarter before Trimble cut the deficit to five. Carroll opened a 13-point advantage with five minutes to go in the second quarter. Trimble rallied to pull within seven, 32-25, at halftime.

Trimble eliminated the Panthers’ advantage in the third period, pulling ahead with 2:21 on the clock. But the Panthers rallied, bringing the score to 42-42 at quarter’s end.

“We were trying to run some time off the clock,” Trimble Head Coach Bob Lauster said of the Raiders’ brief advantage in the third period. “There were some possessions that we needed better shot selection. We needed to move the ball around a little more than we did.”

It was touch-and-go during the fourth quarter, as the teams took turns leading by two points. Josh Edington on the next possession pulled the Raiders within 59-57 at one point, but it was Trimble’s last hurrah. Carroll hit three free throws over the remaining distance for the final 62-57 margin.

Carroll senior Will Yager canned 16 points in the first half, including four three-point baskets. Yager ended the game with 30 points.

“We gave Yager way too many looks in the first half,” Lauster said. “We helped each other key in on him better in the second half. He had a great game.”

Justin Webb led the Raider scoring attack with 17 points. Ethan Turner scored 11 and Craig Ward just missed double figures with nine points. Dylan Staples and Zach Adair chipped in seven points apiece.

Statistically, the game reflected the scoreboard as Carroll connected on 22 of 46 field-goal attempts for 48 percent. The Raiders canned 22 of 49 field-goal shots for 45 percent. The Panthers converted 11 of 14 free throw attempts for 79 percent, while Trimble sank nine of 14 free tosses for 64 percent. Carroll held a 28-25 rebounding advantage.

“This game reminded me a lot of our first matchup at our gym,” Lauster said. “It was an exciting game to watch. It was an exciting game to coach. I’m really proud of our kids. They stayed with it, fought back and got the lead. [But] some of the things we needed to make happen in the last couple of minutes didn’t happen for us.”