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Raiders' victory streak ends at home against Spencer

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By Jacob Blair

After a five-game win streak, the recent momentum for the Trimble County Raiders hit a few bumps to break the winning record with a 69-57 loss to the Spencer County Bears Friday night in Bedford.

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Trimble put the first points on the board thanks to a basket by Grant Weaver, but Spencer County put five unanswered points on the board before each team scored a pair of free throws. Reece Webster managed a trey, tying the game early at six points and forcing the Bears to use a timeout midway through the quarter. The Bears outscored the Raiders after the timeout nine to four before Trimble’s head coach Ron Couch called a timeout with 42 seconds left.

“Man up. Play hard!” he said to the team while devising a strategy. Spencer ended the first quarter up 15-10.

Trimble emerged from the quarter break with another 3-point by Webster and a pair of free throws before Spencer began answering from beyond the arc. The Bears managed four 3-point baskets, but the Raiders were able to hang on and go into the locker room at halftime, tied at 31.

“I told them going into halftime I hate playing this way, where we walk it up and we just pass it and we work it inside, but this is working for us against a team that has a bunch of guards that are probably quicker and better than us,” head coach Ron Couch said. “So, we take our advantage and we use it. And that’s what we were trying to do in the second half and we kind of got caught up in the moment.”

In the third quarter, the Bear again managed four 3-point shots and were about to outscore the Raiders all around with 22 points compared to Trimble’s 11, with the lone three-pointer of the quarter coming from Logan Clifford. At the end of three, the Bears led Trimble 53-42.

The Raiders were able to get a scoring edge on the Bears in the fourth quarter, when Spencer’s effort from beyond the arc was limited to one good trey. But it wasn’t enough and Spencer County returned to Taylorsville with a 69-57 win.

Leading the scoring efforts for the Raiders Friday night were Webster with 20 points, Beau Turner and Weaver with 10 points each, Ben Stevens with nine points, and Clifford and Evan Stevens with four points a piece.

The Raiders were in action Tuesday night up the road in Warsaw against Gallatin County. Scores were not available by press time.

Boys basketball will be back in Bedford on Saturday night to take on Owen County with a 7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff. The Raiders final home game will be Monday night as they take on Gallatin County in a rematch from last week. Although the home finale is Monday, Senior Night festivities will take place on Saturday, which was originally the last matchup prior to Gallatin Co. playing in the All "A" Championship.

“We got a lot of seniors, so that’ll be fun,” said Couch. “Just trying to get everything, like I keep telling them, you guys are looking good, looking good. But we still haven’t played a good four quarters yet and that’s what I’m still waiting for, to where we have a game where we play a good four quarters of basketball. If we lose a game playing four quarters of good basketball, then that team was better than us.”