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Raiders stop Beth Haven, Williamstown to go 13-6

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By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County Raiders scored a triumvirate of wins last week. Following Monday’s triumph over Walden (see last week’s Trimble Banner), the Raiders made quick work of Williamstown on Thursday and Beth Haven on Saturday. Saturday’s 58-40 win over Beth haven capped a week of Homecoming activities for the team.

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“We came into this week hoping we could win three games and that’s exactly what we did,” Trimble Coach Johnny Leep, III said after Saturday’s win. “We went with our smaller lineup and our man to man press seemed to really bother them,” Leep said of Beth Haven. “They threw it around a little bit and we were able to get some steals. It was really a rough game, physical. I don’t know if it’s because we’re playing on a Saturday and it’s Homecoming but everything was just kind of wild. When we were able to get it settled down we were able to execute some nice things.”

Trimble led 16-3 after eight minutes of play and fronted 27-13 at halftime. The Raiders increased their margin in the third period to 22 points, at 46-24.

“Beth Haven came in charged up trying to spoil our Homecoming and our guys had a long week of activities and some of our guys were on the Homecoming Court but we were able to get the win so that was outstanding,” Leep said.

Trimble was 15 of 22 from the free throw line. Beth Haven converted six of 12 charity attempts.

“Our free throw shooting was not good tonight,” Leep said. “We had some guys miss them that usually don’t miss them so we’re going to look to improve that before our next game against Carroll County.”

Trimble’s balanced scoring attack saw numbers in the score book for several players. Michael Dunaway led the way with 14, Evan Long and Ethan Merrill had 8 each, Andrew Young scored 7, Rob Brooks and Dusty Wyssbrod both had 6, Leighton Taylor added 4, Austin Hankinson 3 and Josh Rexroat 2. Brian Tyler and Dakota McKinney led Beth Haven with nine each.

“Dunaway had 14 and nine rebounds,” Leep said. “We killed them on the glass. He’s really been carrying us as of late. After that it was just really balanced. You get those kind of numbers and you’ll win a lot of games. It means the ball movement’s good, everybody’s getting a lot of touches. That’s what we’re stressing. We don’t have one guy that you can take away and beat us. We don’t have that 30-point scorer either but we’ve got three guys averaging in double figures and two guys averaging nine points a game.”
Williamstown win

Trimble upended Williamstown on Thursday by a score of 66–41.

“Evan Long was clutch down the stretch at the free throw line hitting five free throws without a miss,” Assistant Coach Mike Stewart said. Long ended the night with 20 points.

Michael Dunaway had another double figure game in points and rebounds scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 boards.

“Rob Brooks handled the ball well and had 8 assists,” Stewart said. “The Raiders got off to a slow first half. But stepped up the defensive intensity in the second half. Dusty Wyssbrod was a spark off the bench with 13.”

“Our schedule really stiffens up here over the next couple of weeks,” Leep said. “We have rival Carroll County and then district rival North Oldham and Gallatin all over the next 10 days. That’s really going to see where we’re at as a team. North Oldham and Gallatin are both top six in the region. Carroll County obviously has had some injuries but with a rivalry game it’s going to be extremely tough to beat them. Whatever team they put out there it’s going to be a competitive close game, I think.”