Young Raiders close gap on Henry, just not enough in 74-61 road loss
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:02 PM
NEW CASTLE, Ky. — Trimble County played a better all-around game than the last time it faced Henry County but the Raiders still lost, 74-61 at Roy L. Winchester Gym on Tuesday.
Henry County’s Devin McIntosh (left) closely defends Trimble County’s Shane Mills during Tuesday’s game in New Castle. Mills led the raiders with 20 points but Henry won a 74-61. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Trimble had suffered a 30-point setback to the Wildcats on Jan. 30 but has been playing its best basketball of the season since, winning three games over that span. But the Raiders still couldn’t surmount Henry and suffered their 23rd loss of the season.
“Their length and their 1-3-1 trap bothered us tonight. I thought we shot decent in the first half,” Trimble County coach Stacey May said. “Their size really bothered us. It was hard to match them and it showed by their two big guys (Donovan Aneszko and Noah Foree) both scoring over 20 points.”
The game started out close before Henry pulled away from a 10-9 advantage to a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Trimble fought back, however, and took a 21-19 lead on a 3-pointer by Reese Webster — his third of the contest — later in the quarter.
But Henry’s adjusted its defense after Webster’s trey and the Raiders’ offensewas stagnant for the rest of the half. A trey by Henry County’s Colton Hinkle just before the buzzer sent the Wildcats into intermission leading 29-21.
As the second half progressed, Henry County was able to push its lead to as many as 17 points until the Raiders began chipping away toward the end of the third period with a basket by Trimble’s Troy Grieshaber at the buzzer cuting the deficit to eight at 47-39.
The Raiders kept things interesting as the fourth quarter got under way. Twice, trimming their deficit to seven on baskets by Shane Mills.
Henry County was relentless on offense during the fourth quarter and that took a toll on Trimble’s defense. Noah Foree was a thorn in the Raiders’ side the entire second half, scoring 16 of his 23 points in the span. In the fourth quarter alone, Aneszko made most of his game-high 25 points and was 15-for-17 from the foul line.
Trimble was whistled for 21 personal fouls to Henry County’s 13. The Raiders made just 10 out of 13 while Henry County was 21-of-33.
“We’re young and foul trouble definitely hurt us,” May said.
The game was still somewhat close with five minutes remaining when Henry County went on an offensive roll, highlighted by a Foree steal and one-handed dunk that fired up a senior night crowd in New Castle.
Trimble County had some nice performances down the stretch — a three-point play by Logan Clifford, 10 fourth-quarter points by Mills and a 3-pointer by Cole Wright — but it just wasn’t enough to rally the Raiders.
Trimble County concludes its regular season Friday at Lloyd Memorial — a boys-girls conference varsity doubleheader — and plays Oldham County in the opening round of the 29th District Tournament on Feb. 21 at Buckner, Ky.
TUESDAYS BOYS GAME
at New Castle, Ky.
HENRY CO. 74, TRIMBLE CO. 61
TRIMBLE CO. 10 11 18 22 — 61
HENRY CO. 17 12 18 27 — 74
TRIMBLE CO. (4-23) — (f)Mills 20, (g)Webster 9, (g)Grieshaber 7, (g)E. Stevens 7, Wright 5, Clifford 5, (f)Young 4, Haney 2, Weaver 2, Turner 0, Liter 0, B. Stevens 0.
HENRY CO. (10-18) — (f)Aneszko 25, (f)N. Foree 23, (f)Hinkle 13, (g)McIntosh 7, Mayer 2, Riggins 2, (g)Gray 1, Finnell 1, Z. Foree 0, Morgan 0, Hay 0, Hardin 0, McGhee 0.
3-Point Goals — Trimble Co. 5 (Webster 3, Grieshaber 1, Wright 1), Henry Co. 2 (McIntosh 2). Total Fouls — Trimble Co. 21, Henry Co. 13. Free Throws — Trimble Co. 10-13, Henry Co. 21-33. Fouled Out — Trimble Co.: Clifford.