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By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
The drought is finally over.
After starting the season 5-4, the Raiders went on a five game losing streak that ended at home Jan. 12 when the team defeated Gallatin County 63-55.
Monday night, the Raiders finally played like a team.
The team hit the court free of the problems that led to losses, such as last weekend’s battle at South Oldham High School. From better ball sharing to improved transitions and success at the line, the Raiders proved smart offense and 32 minutes of intensive defense is key to winning.
The Raiders got out in front early in the game, but allowed the Wildcats a short run that kept the score close, 16-15, at the end of the first period.
The second quarter, however, saw an aggressive Raider team take control on both offense and defense. Senior guard Aaron Law put 15 of his game/career high 30 points up during the period to help send the players to the locker room with a 36-27 lead at the half.
“I just had the hot hand. I didn’t do anything much different from tonight then from what I have done all season. The ball was just going in and my teammates did a good job getting me the ball.” Law continued. “Those 30 points are the teams 30 points.”
The only other Trimble player to score in the quarter was fellow senior Cody Kidwell, who added two to the board as the team outscored the Wildcats 20-12.
In the third, the Raiders lost some of their steam and were outscored by the visiting team 14-11.
However, the fourth quarter was all about Raider confidence.
In the final eight minutes of play, the team had the opportunity to put the game away and did what they needed to do.
Keeping the ball out of Wildcat hands for as long as possible, Gallatin was forced to foul repeatedly. With time running out, the Wildcats acted out of desperation and attempted unwise shots that put the Raiders out of reach until the final buzzer sounded.
“We finally put a full game together. We did the little things that mattered and we had great leadership and kept our heads out there on the floor. Our boys did a great job last night and deserved this win,” head coach Bob Lauster said after the game.
Scoring for the 6-9 Raiders were Law, 30 points, Cory Turner, 10, Christian Courtney, 12, Kidwell, 7, and Zack Adair, 4.
“When someone on the team is hot like A-Law was, I want him to keep shooting. It was fun watching him make those shots,” Kidwell said about Law’s career night.