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Raider boys fall 40-74 to Owen County Rebels

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By The Staff

By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.

Special to The Trimble Banner

Tuesday night the Raiders traveled to Owenton to face the Owen County Rebels in a conference match up. Though the Raiders came in the game with high hopes of beating a top conference team following their win against rival Carroll County a week before, Owen shattered that dream 40-74.

The Raiders started off the game even with Rebels. Both teams were trading baskets and not much defense was involved early in the first quarter, but the Rebels went on a run before the buzzer, taking the lead 13-9 at the end of one.

Owen had size in the post, with 6’9 and 6’7 players that the Raiders had trouble of containing. But the local boys did what they could to keep the ball from their hands. The big Rebels, however, continued to get the ball on offensive rebounds and scored on put backs.

In the second quarter, the Raiders went in to a slump and only managed to put up 14 points, compared to 19 for Owen. Headed to the locker room at half time, Trimble trailed 23-32

“We just didn’t come into the game ready to play; we just went through the motions,” senior guard Cory Turner said.

The Raiders hit the court for the second half with just as much energy as they had left with. Things continued to get worse for the team as they struggled to get anything going against the conference favorites.

As the Raiders continued to miss more shoots and poor defensive transitions, the Rebels kept rolling. By the end of the third, the Raiders found themselves falling further behind, as the board showed 34-56 Rebels.

“This was a big test for us mentally and physically. Playing on the road against a tough team with a good crowd behind them can be really tough,” Raider coach Bob Lauster said.

The Raiders fourth quarter was not much better as the senior players cleared the floor and the younger guys came in. Despite strong effort from the young guys, the team still only managed to put up 6 points in the period compared to Owen County’s 18.

The Raiders only put up two threes against the Rebels, but took multiple attempts, which continued to dig the hole deeper.

Coach Lauster said after the game, “I told my boys we needed to establish the post game and then those perimeter shoots will be there. But instead we just settled for jump shots instead of moving the ball more.”

Owen’s senior guard Collin Gamble scored a game high 21 points, which included 3 three pointers. Owen’s junior forward Michael Colligan added 14 points and went double digits on rebounds as the team rolled over Trimble.

Leading scorers for the Raiders were seniors Turner and Christian Courtney.