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Head Trimble County High School boys basketball coach Bob Lauster, along with assistants Jimmy Mckinney, Joe Perkinson and new addition Chris Reed, are preparing for a season that could go down in the record books… in a good way.
Despite losing three seniors from last year’s squad, this year’s team is ready and well-eqipped to take on the competition. The starting line up for the Raiders is comprised completely of members of the Class of 2008. Christian Courtney, Cody Kidwell, Aaron Law, Cory Turner and Larry Sullivan, Jr. will bring years of experience and an over abundance of skill when they hit the hardwood for one more season before leaving TCHS.
Along with the teams other players the group will return 90-percent of the points and rebounds scored last year.
With this in mind, the Raiders are working to fine tune their play after a decent 2007-08 season that they believe can easily be built upon to make this one for the books.
Last year, the team finished the season with a 10-15 overall record, their best in six years, after losing the season ending game to South Oldham in the 29th District tournament.
Lauster’s 2007-08 team also fell in the first round of the All-A Regional to Walton Verona by one point and they ultimately finished the season with a 6-5 confreence record, placing fourth out of eight teams in the Northern Central Kentucky Conference (NCKC).
“You put us up against just about anyone on paper and we can beat them, but it only matters what happenson the floor. That’s a big reason why we are still an underdog in the region conference and district. Everyone else wants to see what we can do first,” senior forward Kidwell explained.
The Raiders’ pre-season strategy sessions will be put to the test early in the season when the Raiders face off against four NCKC opponents within the first eight days of December.
The team will take on Henry County Dec. 2 in their first game of the season, followed by Carroll County Dec. 4, Gallatin County Dec. 6 and Owen County on Dec. 8.
Additionally, Trimble will be expected to prove themselves in several tournaments this season, including the December’s Derby City Classic, January’s All-A Regional contest and the 29th District tourney in February.