ROLLING ALONG: Trimble County’s Evan Stevens (21) pushes the ball to the basket over Thomas Nelson defender Justin Culver (24) during Monday’s game in Bedford. The Raiders blew open the game in the fourth quarter and rolled to the 69-42 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
ROLLING ALONG: Trimble County’s Evan Stevens (21) pushes the ball to the basket over Thomas Nelson defender Justin Culver (24) during Monday’s game in Bedford. The Raiders blew open the game in the fourth quarter and rolled to the 69-42 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Troy Grieshaber and Reese Webster each posted career-highs in scoring and Trimble County rolled over Thomas Nelson 69-42 in boys basketball Monday in Bedford.

Grieshaber, a junior, scored 27 points and added seven assists while Webster, a freshman, scored 18 points for the Raiders. That combination helped kicked off a 23-3 run in the fourth quarter that allowed Trimble to blow open the game and claim the win in a contest of teams that entered with identical 3-22 records.

“It was a good way to send out our seniors on senior night,” Trimble coach Stacy May said. “(Seniors) Adam (Young) and Donovan (Liter) played well, we had a couple of guys really shoot the ball pretty well and we played team basketball tonight. It wasn’t just one kid. We shared the ball.”

It was Thomas Nelson (3-23) that started out strong, leading 12-8 in the early moments and 14-11 after the first quarter. But the rest of the game belonged to Trimble.

Grieshaber kick-started Trimble’s initial run in the second quarter by opening the frame with a 3-pointer and immediately following that with a steal and a layup for a quick 5-0 run and the lead. After another Nelson turnover, Grieshaber hit a second 3-pointer for a 19-14 lead.

Trimble (4-22) never trailed again but it wasn’t until an 8-0 run midway through the second — that included two baskets by Grieshaber and a bucket from Webster — that the Raiders got some breathing room. They took a 32-26 lead into halftime.

Trimble increased its margin to 46-37 by the end of the third but really took over in the fourth and turned the game into a rout. Logan Clifford started the Raiders off with a basket that set off an eventual 17-0 run that put Trimble on cruise. The Raiders controlled every aspect of the game, forcing six turnovers and scoring 23 points to pull away.

“Aaron Haney was just a demon on defense and really gave their point guard fits,” May said. “We shot the ball well, we moved on defense and played team basketball.”

Grieshaber did most of his damage in the first three quarters and settled into the role of playmaker in the fourth. A dead-eye shooter, Grieshaber hit three 3-pointers but it was his overall play that impressed May.

“When Troy gets on a roll he can knock down shots in bunches,” May said. “But he didn’t just rely on the three as much today and several times took the ball right to the basket. He played well.”

May cleared his bench and played everybody in uniform with eight different players getting points. But nobody drew more applause than senior Donovan Liter, who got a rare start and a chance to play his most extended minutes of the season.

“Donovan is somebody who really would have helped us this year but he tore his ACL and that’s hard to come back from,” May said. “But he’s a great leader and he never backed down. Right after the injury he was back out there working and he’s a guy that does anything you need him to do in practice. He’s been a great teammates.

“Adam Young has been a vocal leader ever since I got here. He’s just a natural leader,” May said. “Wherever he decides to go or whatever he decides to do, he’s going to be a success, probably as a supervisor. Because he’s a leader.”

Josh Culver scored nine points and Hunter Wimsett had eight to lead Thomas Nelson.

Trimble County returns to action tonight at Henry County for a boys-girls doubleheader and then wraps up the regular season at Lloyd Memorial in another doubleheader on Friday. Trimble opens the 29th District Tournament at Oldham County against host Oldham a week from today.



Other Games ...

Carroll County’s three-game win streak came to an end with a 52-47 loss to Shelby County at home in girls basketball on Monday.

The Lady Panthers (11-16) wrap up the regular season at Walton-Verona on Friday.

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MONDAY’S BOYS GAME

at Bedford, Ky.

TRIMBLE CO. 69,

THOMAS NELSON 42



THOMAS NELSON 14 12 11 5 — 42

TRIMBLE CO. 11 21 14 23 — 69



THOMAS NELSON (3-23) — (g)Culver 9, (g)H. Wimsett 8, (f)Martin 7, (f)Stiles 7, (g)J. Wimsett 6, Knott 3, Radcliffe 2, Moore 0, Burba 0.



TRIMBLE CO. (4-22) — (g)Grieshaber 27, Webster 18, (g)E. Stevens 6, Weaver 6, (f)Young 4, (f)Mills 3, Clifford 3, Turner 2, (g)Liter 0, Rogers 0, Haney 0, B. Stevens 0, Wright 0, Adair 0, Edmondson 0.



3-Point Goals — Thomas Nelson 7 (H. Wimsett 2, J. Wimsett 2, Culver 1, Martin 1, Stiles 1), Trimble Co. 7 (Webster 4, Grieshaber 3). Turnovers — Thomas Nelson 17, Trimble Co. 7. Total Fouls — Thomas Nelson 15, Trimble Co. 12. Free Throws — Thomas Nelson 3-12, Trimble Co. 8-10. Fouled Out — None.