Kentucky high school basketball tips off its 2012-13 boys and girls campaigns today.

Locally, the Trimble County Lady Raiders host regional rival Gallatin County at 7:30 p.m. today. Then, on Thursday, the Trimble boys visit border rival Carroll County at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday other openers feature the Carroll County Lady Panthers visiting Western Hills for a 7 p.m. start, and the Carroll County boys hosting Villa Madonna at 7:30 p.m.

Carroll County Boys

Head coach Carroll Yager, whose team is 22-55 over the past three seasons after he took over at the start of the 2008-09 season, is ready to put those losing seasons aside and move on with a team that returns four starters from last year.

The Panthers are looking to improve their play within the district, where they have gone 0-15 the past two seasons against perennial district powers Owen and Gallatin counties as well s Henry County and district newcomer Eminence.

Carroll County returns a pair of two-year starters in senior center Dallas Gibson and senior forward Trey Boles, along with senior point guard Brandon Stewart and junior guard Austin Crowell.

Yager expects significant playing time and his fifth starter to emerge from a group that includes junior forwards Dakota Corbin and John Michael Adams and senior forward Patrick Booth, who is currently recuperating from a knee injury sustained recently in practice, and guards Jay Damron, a senior, and Jacob Wise, a junior.

"I'm excited about this season," Yager said. "This is a very good group of players who play and work very well together. With five seniors, I definitely have five leaders.

According to Yager, Booth will miss the start of the season with the knee injury but the hope is that he will be back earlier rather than later. "He has been to orthopedic therapy and I'm hopeful we'll get him back after the first little bit," the coach said.

So far, Yager has been impressed with his team's overall talent. "We have collective individual talents," he said. "When you put the ingredients together, it makes us good on both sides of the floor. We have guys who can shoot, drive and post up, along with quickness on defense."

Yager's biggest concern entering the season is depth - especially with one key player already hobbled at the outset - since the team's size drops off considerably after the 6-foot-4 Gibson and 6-foot-3 Boles.

"If we get players in foul trouble or from injury, we become small really quick," he said. "We also need to work hard on defense and rebounding. We need to make stops at the right time. Most good teams have the ability to make the big stops - especially in tournaments or when the game's on the line. A good defense makes for a good offense."

Yager said the Panthers "want to be competitive in the Class A Tournament and want to be much more competitive within the district."

Carroll's schedule will be pretty consistent with recent season. However, the Panthers have added Villa Madonna, Evangel and Eighth Region powerhouse Anderson County.

The Panthers will play two in-season tournaments - at Bellevue and at the LaRue County Holiday Classic - in addition to the all "A" Classic.

Trimble County Boys

After getting off to a 2-8 start last year, coach John Leep Jr. is hoping his Trimble County Raiders can get off to a good start this season and build on that momentum.

"We're super young and have to learn and grow together," the coach said. "We lost quite a bit - about 95 percent of our scoring and rebounding - to graduation and only return one starter with significant minutes.

Hopefully, summer league play has prepared the young Raiders for success.

"We're not as big this year, but we've played lots of summer ball," Leep said. "Everybody got experience and (summer ball) helps us find out who can play when it really counts."

New teams on the Raiders' schedule will be Deming, St. Patrick and Western Hills. Trimble will also compete in a holiday tournament at Silver Grove.

Leep said his team is anxious to get the 2012-13 season under way. "They're excited to go out and play," he said. "We've had two scrimmages in the past week, but we're really anxious to play some (other team) competition. We're getting more physical and ready to go."

According to Leep, the Raiders hope to start the season by developing their play from the inside out. "We have some good shooters and we'll look to the inside first," Leep said. "Freshman starting forward Michael Dunaway is a good passer and we'll be also looking to get the ball inside to him."

Leep said the Raiders will have two senior starters on this year's squad. "Rob Brooks is a leader at point guard and will be a key to our success, and Ethan Merrill is a good leader, a great rebounder and shooter."

The coach said Andie Young, who brings "good shooting ability," will also begin the season as a starter.

Leep gave a special mention to athletic sophomore Dusty Wyssbrod, who is coming off major collarbone surgery after being injured during football. "Dusty has been a big surprise," the coach said. "He's outstanding."

According to Leep, his team's unselfish play is a big strength. "We pass the ball well and set each other up, it's never just one player - that's a recipe for success."

Leep thinks his second year at the Raiders' helm will bring better harmony to the program. "The players will know what to expect of themselves," he said. "The terminology will be basically the same."

Carroll County Girls

Six juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen will fill out Carroll County's roster as the Lady Panthers try to turn things around from a six-win season in 2011-12.

The Panthers begin the season under new coach Paul Stone, who was head coach at Bardstown High School the past 11 seasons. Stone replaces Randy Mefford and will also serve as the school's athletic director - both positions Mefford retired from at the end of last season.

"Makena (Kindoll) is the only returning starter," Stone said. "Two of our other starters are Kayla Williamson and Lauren Moore."

He added that Doodle Amick, Kristen Arvin, Tatum McIntyre and Miranda Groseclose will round out his top seven - a group that will be known for its toughness.

"We're a gritty bunch and we're not afraid and hate to lose. Hopefully, we'll build on that," Stone said.

Ball-handling is something Stone has really stressed in practice. "We need some help with that aspect of the game," he noted. "We also need to be able to recognize what our opponents are doing. That will only make us better if we improve on ball-handling and recognition."

With the likes of Walton-Verona, Gallatin County and Owen County on its schedule, the Panthers will see some of the top teams in the Eighth Region during the regular season.

"We've definitely got a challenging schedule ahead of us," Stone said.

Stone said the team will strive to improve each game and get better at ball-handling throughout the season. "Eventually we want to get comfortable enough to have confidence to play with - and beat anybody on our schedule."

"I'm excited about being in Carroll County, " Stone added. "This is an enjoyable bunch of girls. I look at the athletic director position as a great opportunity for me. That's something I've always thought about."

Trimble County Girls

Trimble County head coach Kerrie Stewart is optimistic about her 2012-13 Raiders, despite graduating seven players off last year's squad.

"The kids we have coming back have good basketball instincts and quickness," Stewart said. "We had a good summer and I expect some good things."

According to Stewart, her starting lineup will include senior point guard Jessica Ball, junior forwards Erin Gonterman, senior guard/forward Chloe Griffith, and junior guards Paige Black and Jessie Dunlap. The team's first player off the bench will be freshman forward/center Mila Consley.

"Jessica will be a big help defensively, Erin will start at the wing and has good 3-point quickness, Chloe has started since the eighth grade and possesses speed as well as improved shooting," Stewart said. "Paige is a strong point guard who needs to be more selfish and make plays and Jessie, who is super quick, plays solid defense and goes to the basket well."

Stewart said the Raiders' cohesiveness and willingness to play together are two of the team's strong points.

"We don't care who scores and we're becoming good at communicating game skills," she noted.

Looking at tonight's season opener, Stewart said it's important for the Raiders to get out of the blocks fast and clean and play well against Gallatin County after a lopsided 73-47 loss to the Wildcats in last year's opener at Warsaw.

"They will be a test for us early in the season and we've got them here this year," Stewart said. "This game could set the tone for our season.

"This is a great group who work really hard and they deserve good things," Stewart continued. "We need to keep focused and pay good attention to details."

According to Stewart, her main worries are rebounding and the ability to hit the 3-pointer. "Right now, we're not getting into good (rebounding) position and we need to gain more confidence from beyond the arc and improve across the board," she noted.

The Raiders have added four new opponents to this year's schedule including Conner and Switzerland County (Ind.), Western Hills and John Hardin. The Raiders will also compete in a Christmas tournament at Burgin.


CARROLL COUNTY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Carroll Yager (5th year, 36-69)

2011-12 Record: 14-14, 3-8 NCKC

Tournament Run: District - beat Eminence 55-42; lost to Owen Co. 56-33.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

Pos.-No.-Name-Cl.-Ht.-PPG

G-2-Brandon Stewart-Sr.-5-9-6.7

G-24-Austin Crowell-Jr.-6-0-4.2

C-30-Dallas Gibson-Sr.-6-4-15.5

F-11-Trey Boles-Sr.-6-3-10.0

F-42-Dakota Corbin-Jr.-6-2-2.1

BENCH

G-3-Micheal Hall-Jr.-5-9-First Season

F-5-Patrick Booth-Sr.-6-0-2.2

G-10-Jacob Wise-Jr.-6-0-0.0

G-15-Jay Damron-Sr.-6-0-2.5

F-20-John Michael Adams-Jr.-6-1-0.8

C-32-Taylor Hill-Jr.-6-1-First Season

F-34-Brad Osborne-Jr.-6-0-First Season

2012-13 Schedule

(Home games in CAPS)

Nov. 27-VILLA MADONNA-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 29-TRIMBLE CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3-at Williamstown*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6-at Owen Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11-HENRY CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14-GALLATIN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21-22-Bellevue Tournament-TBA

Jan. 2-at Henry Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4-at Gallatin Co.*-6 p.m.

Jan. 7-EVANGEL CHRISTIAN-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 10-ANDERSON CO.-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12-at Dayton-2:30 p.m.

Jan. 16-All "A" Classic-TBA

Jan. 24-OWEN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26-EMINENCE-6 p.m.

Jan. 29-at Trimble Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1-at Grant Co.-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4-at Eminence-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8-WILLIAMSTOWN*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9-BELLEVUE-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12-SOUTH OLDHAM-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15-WALTON-VERONA*-6 p.m.

Feb. 18-31st District Tournament-TBA

*-NCKC Games




CARROLL COUNTY LADY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Paul Stone (1st year, 0-0; 135-165 overall)

2011-12 Record: 6-21, 2-9 NCKC

Tournament Run: District - lost to Gallatin Co. 66-31

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

Pos.-No.-Name-Cl.-Ht.-PPG

G-10-Kayla Williamson-Jr.-5-0-2.8

G-11-Makena Kindoll-Jr.-5-3-6.6

G-21-Doodle Amick-Jr.-5-3-First Season

F-2-Kirsten Arvin-So.-5-6-1.4

F-1-Lauren Moore-So.-6-0-1.6

BENCH

F-4-Teresa Wright-So.-5-8-First Season

G-20-Sadie Smith-So.-5-6-First Season

G-22-Carley Hunter-Jr.-5-1-0.8

F-33-Tatum McIntyre-Jr.-5-8-1.1

G-25-Satori Drake-So.-5-5-First Season

F-44-Miranda Groseclose-Fr.-5-9-2.9

2012-13 Schedule

(Home games in CAPS)

Nov. 27-at Western Hills-7 p.m.

Nov. 30-TRIMBLE CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4-SOUTHWESTERN (Ind.)-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7-at Owen Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 8-SHELBY CO.-2:30 p.m.

Dec. 11-HENRY CO.*-6 p.m.

Dec. 15-GALLATIN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18-at Switzerland Co. (Ind.)-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27-29-North American Stainless CLASSIC-TBA

Jan. 2-at Henry Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4-at Gallatin Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 8-All "A" Classic-TBA

Jan. 15-COOPER-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17-at Trimble Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 19-at Williamstown*-2:30 p.m.

Jan. 22-at Spencer Co.-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25-OWEN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26-EMINENCE-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 28-BELLEVUE-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 29-COVINGTON LATIN-6:30 p.m.

Feb. 1-at Grant Co.-6 p.m.

Feb. 5-NORTH OLDHAM-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8-WILLIAMSTOWN*-6 p.m.

Feb. 11-at Villa Madonna-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15-WALTON-VERONA*-8 p.m.

Feb. 18-31st District Tournament-TBA




TRIMBLE COUNTY RAIDERS

Head Coach: Johnny Leep III (2nd year, 5-20)

2011-12 Record: 5-20, 0-7 NCKC

Tournament Run: District - lost to South Oldham 89-53.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

Pos.-No.-Name-Cl.-Ht.-PPG

G-11-Andie Young-Jr.-5-10-1.1

G-20-Rob Brooks-Sr.-5-11-2.3

G-21-Dusty Wyssbrod-So.-5-9-0.9

F-34-Ethan Merrill-Sr.-6-0-3.1

F-10-Michael Dunaway-Fr.-6-4-1.1

BENCH

G-2-Ryan Blanton-Fr.-5-7-First Season

G-3-Austin Hankinson-Sr.-5-7-First Season

G-5-Josh Creech-So.-5-9-First Season

F-22-Dalton James-So.-6-2-First Season

F-23-Josh Rexroat-Fr.-6-3-First Season

G-24-Grant Craig-So.-5-9-First Season

F-25-Leighton Taylor-So.-6-3-0.8

G-32-T.J. Payton-So.-5-10-First Season

G-33-Evan Long-So.-5-9-0.3

2012-13 Schedule

(Home games in CAPS)

Nov. 29-at Carroll Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4-at Owen Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6-at St. Francis-6 p.m.

Dec. 7-at Eminence-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10-at South Oldham-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14-OLDHAM CO.-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 15-WESTERN HILLS-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17-WALDEN-7 p.m.

Dec. 21-at Deming-6:30 p.m.

Dec. 22-at St. Patrick-8 p.m.

Dec. 27-29-Silver Grove Tournament-TBA

Jan. 2-WALTON-VERONA*-6 p.m.

Jan. 4-WILLIAMSTOWN*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 7-NORTH BULLITT-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12-at Christian Academy (Ind.)-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 16-All "A" Classic-TBA

Jan. 21-at Walden-7 p.m.

Jan. 24-at Williamstown*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26-BETH HAVEN-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 29-CARROLL CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31-at North Oldham-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 5-at Gallatin Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9-at Brown-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12-at Henry Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14-WHITEFIELD ACADEMY-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18-29th District Tournament-TBA

*-NCKC Games




TRIMBLE COUNTY LADY RAIDERS

Head Coach: Kerrie Stewart (12th year, 122-165)

2011-12 Record: 9-17, 3-7 NCKC

Tournament Run: District - lost to Oldham Co. 53-52.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

Pos.-No.-Name-Cl.-Ht.-PPG

G-41-Jessie Dunlap-Jr.-5-4-5.0

G-40-Paige Black-Jr.-5-8-11.8

G-30-Chloe Griffith-Sr.-5-7-6.8

F-12-Jessica Ball-Sr.-5-8-3.2

F-13-Erin Gonterman-Jr.-5-8-0.0

BENCH

G-14-Tailor Brewer-So.-5-3-First Season

F-15-Katie Gonterman-Fr.-5-8-First Season

G-22-Ashley Brierly-So.-5-4-0.4

G-32-Kaylee Clifford-8th-5-6-First Season

F-35-Mila Consley-Fr.-5-11-First Season

F-51-Shelbe Black-8th-5-10-First Season

2012-13 Schedule

(Home games in CAPS)

Nov. 26-GALLATIN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30-at Carroll Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1-at Conner-6:30 p.m.

Dec. 6-SWITZERLAND CO. (Ind.)-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 8-at Williamstown*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14-OLDHAM CO.-6 p.m.

Dec. 18-at Owen Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21-WESTERN HILLS-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27-29-Burgin Tournament-TBA

Jan. 2-WALTON-VERONA*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 5-at Spencer Co.-2:30 p.m.

Jan. 8-All "A" Classic-TBA

Jan. 17-CARROLL CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22-HENRY CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24-MADISON SHAWE (Ind.)-7:30 p.m.

Jan. 28-at South Oldham-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1-at North Oldham-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4-at Gallatin Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8-OWEN CO.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9-at Brown-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12-at Henry Co.*-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15-JOHN HARDIN-8 p.m.

Feb. 18-29th District Tournament-TBA

*-NCKC Games