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The Trimble County Raiders, Carrollton's border rival, came into the Panther home court last Thursday and got off to a blistering start.
“They were hitting and we weren’t hitting ours,” Head Coach Carroll Yager said. “We made some good adjustments, and we were able to cut the lead to two points.”
The first quarter ended with the Panthers down 19-9, but at one point the score was 16-2.
“The game was closer than the score indicates, because at the end we had to foul to get the ball back,” Yager added.
Yager praised his ballplayers for showing signs that they can play well together as a team. The season is young, and Yager said he expects the Panthers to come together and have a successful season.
“We had some key bright spots, and we want to continue to build on them,” he said.
One particularly bright spot was the stellar effort of senior big man Chris Hendrick. He had a double-double on the night, with 10 points and 19 rebounds.
“That was a superb effort,” Yager said.
Will Yager also contributed when he lit it up for 20 points, 18 of which were in the second and third quarters, as the Panthers were attempting to mount a comeback.
“Trimble County has a veteran ball club, returning all of their players for the last two years,” Yager said. “I felt very good about the effort of our team. They played very hard.”