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By LARRY SULLIVAN, JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
Hitting the hardwood at South Oldham High School Saturday, Jan. 10, the senior heavy Trimble County Raider squad hoped this would be the night to turn things around.
A win against the Dragons would have broken the team’s five-game losing streak and guaranteed the boys one of the top two seeds in next month’s district tourney.
But after keeping things close for three periods, Raider hopes were dashed in the fourth quarter when the South Oldham Dragons turned up the heat to send the visitors packing, 54-77.
In the first three quarters, the Raiders looked like the team that reigned victorious over powerhouse Oldham County just weeks ago.
From the tip-off, the Raiders displayed good ball pressure, got out in front and shared the ball well. The team dropped shots from every angle and showed their defensive prowess against South.
Trimble kicked out to an early lead, going on a 13-5 run early in the first quarter. Senior guard Larry Sullivan put up seven of those points before losing momentum and struggling through the rest of the game.
After a timeout to reorganize, the Dragons crawled their way back into the game, taking the lead 16-15 before the period ended with the score tied at 20.
In the second quarter the Dragons fought to match every Raider basket, most of which were put on the board by seniors Aaron Law and Cory Turner. When the halftime buzzer sounded, the back and forth offensive action sent the Raiders to the locker room with a 35-33 lead.
Coming back to the floor with confidence, the Raiders continued to match the Dragon shots early, but stumbled with a couple of missed key shots. The tide began to turn when the Raider defense allowed South to hit a couple of three-point shots that sparked the team to take control of their home court.
The Dragons led 43-39 at the start of the fourth and with guards Casey Jackson and Brice Jewett on fire behind the arc, the game got out of hand.
The Raiders played hard, but could not keep up with the Dragon’s fire and ultimately fell 77-54 in a game that was closer than what the score indicated.