Trimble County’s Dylan Jennings (33) fires a jumper over Williamstown’s Aiden Johnson (1) during Thursday’s game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County’s Dylan Jennings (33) fires a jumper over Williamstown’s Aiden Johnson (1) during Thursday’s game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — Consistency plagued Trimble County all night and the result was a 75-59 loss to Williamstown in the semifinals of the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

The Raiders showed signs of the type of team that they could become with several strong stretches that saw them rip into substantial Williamstown leads. But each time Trimble gained some momentum, it immediately gave it back.

It was that lack of consistency that left Raider coach Marcus Mumphrey shaking his head.

“One of the things that we talked about was putting together a complete game and not having spurts where we score a basket and let them get back in it,” Mumphrey said. “We’ve just got to go back and dig deep within ourselves and decide whether or not we want to win. At the end of the day, it comes down to us going out and making our minds up that we’re going to play a complete game.”

Trimble (2-12) spent virtually the entire game playing from behind. The Raiders got off to a great start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead but a 26-6 run staked Williamstown to a 28-13 advantage midway through the second quarter and the Demons were never truly threatened again.

Not that Trimble didn’t make it interesting. Every time Williamstown pulled away, the Raiders answered with a quick run of their own. Trimble closed the second quarter on a small 7-2 run to get the lead back to 10 then answered an opening 10-0 run by Williamstown in the third quarter with a 14-2 run of its own to get the lead back to single digits.

But the Raiders could never sustain the momentum. That big Trimble rally was answered with a 10-2 run by Williamstown to take a 52-36 lead into the fourth. Trimble responded with an 8-2 rally to pull back to within 10 but five-straight Demon burst ended the threat.

The final four minutes of the game evolved into a free-throw shooting contest, a mini-game that Williamstown won easily. The Demons, who struggled from the line through the first three quarters, had no such issues in the fourth, hitting 14-of-17 over the final four and a half minutes to win going away.

Watching his team play well enough in spurts to keep the game interesting only reinforced Mumphrey’s belief that the Raiders must get more consistent if they are going to compete.

“We’re past taking it personal. We’re past making excuses. We’re past the point of blame anybody else. What we do on the floor is us,” Mumphrey said. “We should be able to play with some of these teams that we’ve been taking losses from. I really believe that a large part with our mindset right now is the first part of the season. Having a few games where you can get over the hump pushes you into a plateau of basketball and right now, we’re fighting to get past that.”

Dylan Jennings led Trimble with 19 points while Beau Turner had 13 and Tate Ogburn scored 10. As a team, the Raiders were just 18-for-33 from the free-throw line but committed only 13 turnovers.

Caleb Tritschler scored 22 points, Aiden Johnson had 21 and Cole Kightlinger had 18. The Demons were 18-for-26 from the free-throw line and had 18 turnovers.

Williamstown, now 6-6 on the season, was to face Gallatin County in the All “A” Championship on Friday. Gallatin knocked off Carroll County 49-30 in the first semifinal.

Trimble County heads to Louisville Iroquois on Monday for a boys-girls doubleheader. The Raiders then play at Eminence on Wednesday.



Gallatin Co. 49, Carroll Co. 30 (semifinals)

Gallatin County pulled away in the fourth quarter to pick up a 49-30 win over Carroll County in the first semifinal on Thursday.

The Panthers were dealt a major blow when senior Wyatt Supplee, who leads the state of Kentucky in scoring at 30 points per game, injured his ankle in the first quarter.

Supplee eventually returned but while he was out, scoring on both sides ground to a halt. Gallatin eventually built a 25-10 lead early in the third quarter before Supplee returned and keyed a 12-0 rally that saw the Panthers pull to within three points.

But Gallatin stopped the run and eventually pulled away for the win.

Supplee, limping noticeably throughout the second half, finished with 13 points to lead Carroll while Keishawn Mumphrey had nine points.

Jared Rassman scored 21 to lead Gallatin.

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BOYS ALL “A” CLASSIC

8th REGION TOURNAMENT

at Williamstown

Semifinals

WILLIAMSTOWN 75, TRIMBLE CO. 59



TRIMBLE CO. 10 10 16 23 — 59

WILLIAMSTOWN 14 16 22 23 — 75



TRIMBLE CO. (2-12) — Jennings 19, Turner 13, T. Ogburn 10, Webster 8, Cissell 4, Long 3, Wilcoxson 2, Petty 0, Lathan 0.

WILLIAMSTOWN (6-6) — Tritschler 22, Johnson 21, Kightlinger 18, McClain 10, Lawson 2, Henson 2, Magee 0, Widener 0.



3-Point Goals — Trimble Co. 1 (Webster 1), Williamstown 6 (Kightlinger 6). Turnovers — Trimble Co. 13, Williamstown 18. Total Fouls — Trimble Co. 22, Williamstown 22. Free Throws — Trimble Co. 18-33, Williamstown 18-26. Fouled Out — Williamstown: Tritschler, Lawson.