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The Trimble County Raiders were ousted from post-season play early, falling on Feb. 22 to Oldham County 57-39 in the first round of the 29th District Tournament at South Oldham High School.
Trimble trailed 14-6 after eight minutes of play and 27-13 at the half. The Raiders pulled to within 27-20 in the third quarter but trailed by 10, 32-22, after three quarters of play.
“We made a 17-4 run there in the second half,” Trimble Head Coach Bob Lauster said. “I believe if we could’ve taken the lead the momentum might have helped us upset them.”
Senior forward Justin Webb paced the Raider offense with 14 points. Skiler Alexander scored nine, Zach Adair added six, Dylan Staples five, Austin Rexroat three and Daniel Haney two in the loss. Trimble will lose Webb and Adair to graduation this spring.
“Zach has been a quiet leader,” Luster said. “He has been one of our best defensive players. I felt Justin should have been on the All-Region team. He was named to the All- North Central Kentucky Conference team.
“Both have been great kids to coach,” Lauster said. “It has really been enjoyable to watch them grow in maturity. Both are hoping to go on and play at the college level. That’s always rewarding to a coach to be able to see your players do that.”
Trimble closed the season with a 6-20 record. They were 3-14 against Eighth Region foes and 2-4 against North Central Kentucky Conference opponents. The NCKC includes high schools from Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties as well as Williamstown and Walton-Verona.
“We got off to a difficult start this season,” Lauster said. “We played several of the top five teams in the region right at the beginning.”
The coach said when his Raiders turned the tables on an earlier loss to Carroll County by defeating the Panthers in the All-A Classic “that was a turning point for us. At the end of the season we were more competitive but we seemed to come up a little short in the close games. We really played hard those last two games of the season. I thought we played very well in the District tournament.”
Three Raiders were honored during the season as conference Player of the Week. Webb was so named by the NCKC for the week of Dec. 13-19, Staples for the week of Jan. 10-16 and Alexander for the week of Feb. 7-13.
Trimble’s coach viewed the prospects for next season as “very bright” with the return of junior class members Alexander, Stuart Barnes, Michael Gonterman, Haney, Rexroat, Staples and Craig Ward.
“We have seven juniors returning and they have logged a lot of minutes in games over the past couple of years,” Lauster said. “We have a lot to look forward to.”