TRAPPED: Trimble County’s Leighton Taylor (with ball) looks to pass out of a defensive trap by Walton-Verona’s Jacob Kirby (left) and Cody Catlett during Wednesday’s game in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
TRAPPED: Trimble County’s Leighton Taylor (with ball) looks to pass out of a defensive trap by Walton-Verona’s Jacob Kirby (left) and Cody Catlett during Wednesday’s game in Bedford, Ky. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Trimble County boys' basketball team scored some confident-boosting wins against some weaker opponents over the Christmas holiday, but reality set in Wednesday night when Walton-Verona swept through Bedford like a winter storm and left town with the Raiders buried under a 90-56 avalanche.

The loss ended the Raiders' six-game winning streak, the team's longest in a decade.

"I'm more disappointed in the manner in which we lost tonight's game than the loss itself," Trimble coach John Leep III said. "We had a lack of fight, desire and pride for the school.

"We weren't ready to play tonight and a lot of that's on me - I didn't have them ready," Leep added. "Next time out, it will be corrected."

Walton-Verona, utilizing its quickness on defense and shooting accuracy, raced out to a 13-2 lead at the game's outset and never let up. By the time the first quarter ended, the Bearcats held a 26-10 lead.

Tanner Moeves, who led Walton-Verona with 24 points, had seven first quarter points and duplicated that feat in the second frame as the Bearcats outscored the Raiders 25-15 to hold a commanding 51-25 halftime advantage.

Along with its high-scoring offense, Walton-Verona's defense caused Trimble County fits each time the Raiders touched the ball. Trimble was forced into numerous first half turnovers many of which led to scores at the other end.

"Their guards exploited us off the dribble," Leep said. "Walton was very effective with the half-court and full-court trap."

Even with the huge halftime lead, Walton-Verona didn't let up one bit as the third quarter progressed. While Trimble found its range from beyond the arc with four 3-pointers, the Bearcats were just as potent with three of their own.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Walton-Verona held a 78-44 lead. Each team added 12 points in the final period for the final margin.

Evan Long scored 14 points to lead the Raiders while Andrew Young was next with 12. Trimble connected on eight 3-pointers while the Bearcats tallied nine.

Leep hopes his team is better-prepared to take on the Bearcats next time around as they'll be the Raiders' opponent Jan. 16 in the first round of Kentucky's Eighth Region All "A" Classic at Williamstown.

"Their 5-9 record doesn't show it, but (Walton-Verona) plays one of the toughest schedules in the state," Leep said. "They're better than their record and we have another meeting with them in about two weeks.

"We have a lot of work between now and then to get ready," Leep continued. "That will be a big challenge for us."

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WEDNESDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Bedford, Ky.

WALTON-VERONA 90, TRIMBLE CO. 56



WALTON-VERONA 26 25 27 12 - 90

TRIMBLE CO. 10 15 19 12 - 56



WALTON-VERONA (5-9, 3-2 NCKC) - (g)T. Moeves 24, Lucas 15, G. Moeves 12, Hoffa 12, (g)Dougherty 9, (f)Helton 9, (g)Taulbee 5, Smith 2, Evans 2, (c)Tilley 0, Moffett 0, Thompson 0, Kinman 0, Kirby 0, Catlett 0.

TRIMBLE CO. (8-5, 1-3 NCKC) - (g)Long 14, (g)Young 12, (g)Brooks 6, (f)Dunaway 5, Creech 5, Taylor 5, Wyssbrod 4, Rexroat 4, (f)Merrill 1, Blanton 0, Payton 0.



3-Point Goals - Walton-Verona 9 (Lucas 3, G. Moeves 2, Hoffa 2, Dougherty 1, Helton 1), Trimble Co. 8 (Young 4, Long 3, Creech 1). Total Fouls - Walton-Verona 20, Trimble Co. 8. Free Throws - Walton-Verona 7-8, Trimble Co. 18-21. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Walton-Verona hosts Simon Kenton Friday. Trimble Co. hosts Williamstown Friday.