Raiders set to open at home after vigorous road schedule

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By Dave Taylor

Fans of the Trimble County high school boys’ basketball team will welcome the Raiders to the friendly confines of TCHS gymnasium for the first time this season when they entertain Oldham County Friday.


The Raiders, 2-3 on the season, have faced five opponents on the road so far during the young 2012-13 basketball season. Trimble opened the season with a hard-fought loss at Carroll County on Nov. 29. Since we last went to press with last week’s edition of The Trimble Banner the Raiders have had a busy travel schedule.

Owen County

Trimble County suffered its second consecutive loss on the road after traveling to Owenton on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Owen County led at every quarter stop and outscored Trimble in every quarter but the final eight minutes en route to a 56-41 victory. Trimble bested their hosts by a 17-15 advantage in the final period but fell short in their quest for a comeback.

Senior Robbie Brooks led Trimble County with 12 points. Ethan Merrill chipped in 11 points, including two treys. Andrew Young scored nine points, Evan Long five, and Michael Dunaway and Josh Rexroat each added two points.

St. Francis

Trimble County defeated St. Francis 64-30 in Louisville on Thursday, Dec. 6 The Raiders raced to leads of 20-2 and 41-11 and trampled the Wyverns. Sophomore Evan Long led Trimble County with 18 points, including three 3-pointers.


On Friday, Dec. 7, the Raiders were outscored by their hosts in only one quarter of play but the 11-point difference in that second quarter was enough to sustain a comeback attempt by the Warriors during the second half as Trimble held on to win, 67-64.

Coach Johnny Leep saw well-balanced offensive effort from his team with four Raiders scoring in double figures. Senior Ethan Merrill led the way with 19 points. Sophomore Evan Long contributed 14, freshman Michael Dunaway scored 12 and senior Robbie Brooks added 10.

Both Long and Merrill bombed three treys from long range. Junior Andrew Young and sophomore Dusty Wyssbrod also hit threes. Wyssbrod ended the game with seven points, Young with five.

South Oldham

The Raiders fell behind early as South Oldham romped to a 90-42 win in a 29th District matchup in Crestwood.

Ethan Merrill was the only Raider to hit double figures, scoring 15 points. Robbie Brooks and Michael Dunaway each scored eight points. Ryan Blanton, Evan Long and Andrew Young each contributed three points while Josh Rexroat added two points in the loss. South Oldham junior Kyle Young led all scorers canning 30 points for the Dragons who out-pointed the Raiders in every quarter.

Friday’s home contest, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is the nightcap of a varsity double-header with District 29 foe Oldham County. The game follows the girls’ contest, set to begin at 6 p.m.