MOVING ON: Carroll County’s Jacob Wise (above) celebrates as he runs out the clock in the Panthers’ 56-55 win over Trimble County in the All “A” Classic Eighth Region semifinals on Sunday at Eminence. Trimble County’s Michael Dunaway (below, 10) powers to the basket past Carroll’s Dakota Corbin. Dunaway had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the loss while Corbin led all scorers with 16. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
MOVING ON: Carroll County’s Jacob Wise (above) celebrates as he runs out the clock in the Panthers’ 56-55 win over Trimble County in the All “A” Classic Eighth Region semifinals on Sunday at Eminence. Trimble County’s Michael Dunaway (below, 10) powers to the basket past Carroll’s Dakota Corbin. Dunaway had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the loss while Corbin led all scorers with 16. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
EMINENCE, Ky. - Missed free throws by Trimble County opened the door for Carroll County and the Panthers were happy to come on in.

Trailing by seven with just over a minute to play in the All "A" Classic Eighth Region semifinals on Sunday, Carroll County rallied to outscore Trimble County 12-4 down the stretch - capped by an Austin Crowell 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds left - to pull out the 56-55 win at Eminence High School.

Carroll County's comeback might never have happened had the Raiders hit their free throws. Trimble was just 6-of-12 from the line in the game and Evan Long missed the front end of two bonus opportunities in the final 34 seconds to give the Panthers the opening that they needed.

"It seemed like they had a lot of momentum and our guys had a choice on what they were going to do," Carroll County coach Carroll Yager said. "They chose to keep playing hard and really demonstrated good sense of urgency and started making plays."

Neither team held more than a 3-point lead until the fourth quarter. When Trimble County (8-10) ripped off a 9-0 run to go ahead 51-44, it appeared that the Raiders had sealed the win.

But Carroll County (10-8) came right back. John Michael Adams hit a short jumper and Isaiah Hogan bombed in a 3-pointer to pull the Panthers to within 51-49 with 2:32 to play.

Long answered with a basket in transition to put the Raiders back up by four but Hogan wasted no time in drilling a 3-pointer to make it a 53-52 game with 1:22 left.

After a Josh Rexroat basket upped the Raiders' lead to 55-52 with 1:08, Hogan got one point back with a free throw. Leading by two with 50 seconds to play, all Trimble needed to do was hit its free throws to ice the win.

Long missed his first free throw with 34 seconds left but Trimble got a reprieve when Carroll County's Jacob Wise stepped on the baseline while driving to the basket to give the ball back to the Raiders.

Long's second missed foul shot proved to be fatal. Coming out of a timeout, Crowell never hesitated when he got the ball on the left elbow, drilling a 3-pointer that gave the Panthers their first lead since early in the quarter.

Trimble County still had a chance. With 10.8 seconds left, the Raiders inbounded and tried to go the length of the floor. Carroll County countered with a full-court press and the defense worked to perfection.

Long got the ball out of bounds but wasted too much time trying to shake the Panther defense. By the time Long reached the other end of the floor, time was diminishing quickly. All he could do was fire up an off-balance three attempt that went wide.

"I thought we had time to get it into Michael (Dunaway)," Trimble coach Johnny Leep III said. "We were trying to get it to Andie's (Young) hands and (Carroll) did a good job of denying him. We just didn't make the play. Bottom line."

"We had a lot of options but we decided the press was the best," Yager said. "Any shot was going to beat us and we hadn't been able to stop Dunaway so we wanted to keep it out of his hands."

The game appeared to be set up perfectly for Trimble to pull out the win. The Raiders had given up 12 3-pointers to Carroll County in a loss in early December but limited the Panthers to just six on Sunday. Trimble also shot 48 percent from the floor (17-for-33) while holding Carroll County to 36 percent (16-for-41) and out-rebounded the Panthers 30-21.

But the Raiders also committed 12 turnovers to just five by Carroll County, four of which came in the final four minutes after the Panthers went to the press in order to get back into the game.

"We pride ourselves in our defense. That's something we've been working on since the beginning of the season," Yager said. "In fact, that's what the guys said in the huddle late in the game. 'It's now time to play Carroll County defense' and they did."

Carroll County had four players reach double figures in scoring. Dakota Corbin led the way with 16 points while Crowell scored 15 points and had four assists. Wise added 11 and Hogan scored 10.

Dunaway had 14 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead Trimble County. Long hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points.

Carroll County now advances to the All "A" Classic Eighth Region finals where it will take on Owen County today. The Rebels defeated Williamstown 63-51 in Sunday's first semifinal. Owen (10-5) is seeking its third-straight Eighth Region crown while Carroll County will be aiming for its first since 2005.

"Anytime you make it to the finals of the All 'A' it's been a special season," Yager said. "We had two pretty tough games to get here and we've got another one tomorrow in Owen County. We'll have to be ready."

The goal for Trimble County is to now regroup and get ready for the rest of its season. The Raiders travel to Western Hills on Saturday.

"You can't let this loss drag into three or four more losses," Leap said. "We've got to regroup, we can't hang our heads because nobody's going to feel sorry for us. We've got to get back into the gym and fine-tune some things that we've been working on and gear up for our district. It's going to be very tough and you have to have your 'A' game if you're going to win the 29th District."

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ALL "A" CLASSIC

Eighth Region Tournament

Sunday's Semifinals

at Eminence, Ky.

CARROLL CO. 56, TRIMBLE CO. 55



TRIMBLE CO. 14 10 16 15 - 55

CARROLL CO. 13 13 14 16 - 56



TRIMBLE CO. (8-10) - (f)Dunaway 14, (g)Long 11, (f)Rexroat 9, Brooks 8, (g)Wyssbrod 8, An. Young 5.

CARROLL CO. (10-8) - (c)D. Corbin 16, (g)Crowell 15, (f)Wise 11, (g)Hogan 10, (f)Adams 4, Ray 0, Donahue 0.



3-Point Goals - Trimble Co. 5 (Long 3, An. Young 1, Wyssbrod 1), Carroll Co. 6 (Crowell 4, Hogan 2). Rebounds - Trimble Co. 30 (Dunaway 13), Carroll Co. 21 (Adams 7). Assists - Trimble Co. 10 (Dunaway 5), Carroll Co. 12 (Wise 4, Crowell 4). Turnovers - Trimble Co. 12, Carroll Co. 5. Total Fouls - Trimble Co. 13, Carroll Co. 14. Free Throws - Trimble Co. 6-12, Carroll Co. 6-11. Fouled Out - Trimble Co.: Wyssbrod. Next Game - Trimble Co. visits Western Hills Saturday. Carroll Co. plays Owen Co. in All "A" Classic 8th Region finals at Eminence today.