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The Trimble County Raiders fourth-grade team started off their nonconference schedule this year with several league games at Southwestern Elementary.
The season started off with a loss, but the young Raiders have put together a four-game winning streak since. In the opener, Trimble took on St. Mary’s and lost 27-18. Trimble seemed to be bothered by St. Mary’s press, which led to multiple turnovers. The Raiders couldn’t make up for the large discrepancy in fouls.
They were led in scoring by Evan Stevens with 7 points; Shane Mills, 4 points; Duncan Ralston, 3; and Logan Clifford and David Duncan, 2 each. Grant Weaver logged 4 steals.
Trimble came back with a vengeance in the second game, blasting Southwestern No. 2 52-2. Duncan and Stevens led the team with 12 points each, followed by Andrew Edmondson, 8; Dane Lacefield, 6; Mills and Ben Stevens, 4 points plus six rebounds each; Clifford, 4; and Grant Sanders, 2.
Next up, Madison. The Raiders ruled that game, ending with a 28-8 victory. Points leader this time was Clifford, with 10 points and seven rebounds; Duncan followed with 8; E. Stevens and Lacefield, 4 each; Mills, 2; and Weaver had 4 rebounds.
The third victory came over Southwestern No. 3, a tough 39-1 loss for that team. Clifford again led the Raiders with 11 points; Edmondson, E. Stevens and Sanders, 6 each; Lacefield and Mills, 4 each; and Duncan, 2. Weaver posted six rebounds.
In unselfish play, the Raiders compiled 14 assists; Lacefield and E. Stevens had 5 assists each; Weaver had 4.
Facing tougher competition against the Switzerland County Pacers, the Raiders stepped it up a bit. It was a nail-biter compared to the past three games, but Trimble led wire to wire, ending the game 29-23. Points leaders were E. Stevens, 8; Lacefield, 7 (six rebounds); Clifford, 6; Duncan, 4; and Mills and Ralston, 2. Weaver made four boards.
Conference play for the young Raiders has been slow going, with only one game played due to snow cancellations. In this game, they had their work cut out for them against Walton-Verona. The score was close throughout the game, but the Bearcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 25-14 win.
The game showed marked improvement from last year’s games with Walton, but the lack of shots, turnovers, no assists and relatively few steals led to their demise. Points leaders: E. Stevens, 6 points; Duncan, 4; B. Stevens and Clifford, 2 each.
The Raiders are set to play Henry County, Owen County and Pope John this week.