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Trimble County’s third-grade AAU team got off to a good start this season.
On Dec. 5, the Raiders took on Gallatin County and won 23-16. Anthony Adair led the Raiders with eight points, followed by Logan Clifford with five; Dane Lacefield, four; Grant Weaver, 2.
That was followed by a win against the Carroll County Panthers on Dec. 12. A a very slow start, the Raiders were ahead 6-5 by halftime. In the second half, the Raiders came out with some fire and left the Panthers in the dust, posting a 19-5 win. Clifford again led the team with eight points; followed by Weaver, four; Lacefield, Adair and Shane Mills, two points each; and Joseph Williams, one.
Trimble hosted the Henry County Wildcats on Dec. 19, scoring 23 points in the first half and winning the game with a final score of 33-15. Clifford for a third time, was top scorer with nine points; he was followed by Adair, six; Lacefield five; Ben Stevens, four; Evan Stevens, three; and Mills, Williams and Duncan Ralston with two points each.
The Raiders were a bit rusty in the Jan. 23 road matchup against Walton-Verona, after about a month off between games with the holidays and a weather cancellation.
The young Raiders improved in areas such as rebounding and turnovers, but couldn’t overcome a flat shooting day, going 5 of 29 from the field. The Raiders were down 10-4 at the half and 12-4 going into the 4th quarter. Two quick baskets by Clifford and Grant Sanders made it 12-8, but Walton hit a couple of quick scores of their own and stretched the lead back out.
The Raiders were handed their first loss, 22-10. Trimble was led by Grant Sanders, who logged four points and eight rebounds, followed by Clifford with four points and Lacefield with two.
The Raiders travel to Henry County to play the Wildcats on Saturday.