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By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
The Trimble County High School boys hosted the Williamstown Demons last Saturday night in an exciting 60-43 win before a packed house.
The win was the beginning of a boy/girl homecoming double header, with the guys taking the court first. Tradionally the night would have featured a triple header with freshman, junior varsity and varsity action; however, game cancellations caused by recent snowfalls gave fans the first all varsity night in years.
“I was kind of bummed out that we didn’t get to play our freshman and junior varsity game, but I did play in the varsity game a little bit. It was a new and cool experience for me,” freshman guard Craig Ward said about his first homecoming game.
Both of the hometown ball clubs were coming off losses from the previous night’s contests at North Oldham High School and were looking for big victories.
Energy and stamina could have been a concern for the boys, but after a two-week hiatus leading up the battle at North, the Raiders took to the hardwood with no signs of fatigue. The team could have been mistaken for the “Runnin’ Raiders” as they were all over the place causing havoc for the Demons early in the contest. The Raider intensity in the first quarter left the visitors playing catch-up as Trimble outscored Williamstown 18-10.
Senior guard Larry Sullivan led scorers in the first with 5, but had company with balanced scoring in senior guard Cory Turner, 4 points, and senior guard Aaron Law, who put up 3.
In the second quarter the Raiders didn’t let off the fireless Demons, as Law provided the majority of the 13 points the team posted, before heading into the locker room with a comfortable 31-15 lead.
After halftime, the Raiders relaxed a bit and allowed Williamstown to take a short run. But the Raiders, refusing to give the game away, managed to keep their heads as the tension started to rise.
With fans on their feet, cheering for both teams in the heated battle, the Demons took control long enough to come out on top 16-13 in the third.
The Raiders hit the hardwood up 44-31 in the final period, when the Demons tried to steal the thunder in another run on the Raider squad. The visitors came within 11 before the home team went on a run of their own, closing out the period 14-12 and winning the game by 17.
“It was a cool environment. The crowd was into the whole game and behind us all the way like always. It’s been a while since we have filled the gym up like that. It was totally exciting,” senior Cory Turner said after the Raider win.