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By CRAIG LACEFIELD
Special to The Trimble Banner
Trimble County’s sixth grade boys opened a round robin tournament in Madison this past weekend with a game against Greensburg, Ind. With a distinct height disadvantage the Raiders had trouble driving and getting shots in the lane.
Greensburg was able to block multiple shots and Trimble got down by 13 points at the half. The Raiders cut the lead down to single digits a couple of times in the second half but they just couldn’t get over mistakes they made in the first half and ultimately dropped this game 49-39. Logan Clifford had a great game scoring a season high 16 points, David Duncan 8, Dane Lacefield 4, Duncan Ralston 3, Ben Stevens, Evan Stevens, Andrew Edmondson and Shane Mills had 2 points each. Weaver and Evan Stevens had 6 rebounds each.
Trimble County played Madison and got one of the bigger wins of the season. They got some revenge on a team that beat the Raiders rather handily last year. Showing marked improvement this year the Raiders kept this game tight and led 14-13 at the half. In the second half with Trimble trailing 24-23 Dane Lacefield hit a clutch 3-pointer to put the Raiders up by two. With 11 seconds to go and Madison down by one the Raiders played some good defense causing the Cubs’ shot to come up short. The ball was rebounded by Logan Clifford and he was promptly fouled. Clifford went to the line and hit both free throws, which were the only free throws the Raiders shot all game, to put Trimble up by three with two seconds to go. Madison then threw up a half-court shot at the buzzer that came up well short and gave the Raiders a 32-29 win. Lacefield led the Raiders with 10 points followed by Clifford’s 6, Edmondson, Weaver and Evan Stevens 4, Ralston and Duncan had 2 points each. Clifford had 7 rebounds.
In the battle of the Raiders, Trimble County took on the Raiders of South Ripley. They ended regulation with a 33-33 tie. In the overtime and Trimble up 36-35 South Ripley missed a shot and Edmondson rebounded the ball. South Ripley was forced to foul and Lacefield went to the line and hit 1 of 2 free throws. South Ripley drove down the floor and hit a two-point jumper but to the South Ripley fans dismay their coach had called a time out before the shot. South Ripley came out of the time out and tried to in-bound the ball. Clifford got a hand on the ball and deflected it to Duncan and he dribbled the ball around and ran out the clock to preserve the 37-35 win. Clifford again led Trimble County with nine points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Duncan had 7 points, Mills 6, Weaver 5, Edmondson 4, Ben Stevens, Evan Stevens and Lacefield had 2 points each.