Trimble County senior Reece Webster (10) gets a hug from head coach Marcus Mumphrey and a standing ovation from his teammates after setting the school’s all-time scoring record on Thursday at Gallatin County. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County senior Reece Webster (10) gets a hug from head coach Marcus Mumphrey and a standing ovation from his teammates after setting the school’s all-time scoring record on Thursday at Gallatin County. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
WARSAW, Ky. — Gallatin County rallied from 11 points down in the third quarter to beat Trimble County 79-76 and spoil Reece Webster’s record-setting night.
The Raider senior scored 14 points in the game to become Trimble’s all-time leader in scoring, getting the record bucket on a short jumper from the left side with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Webster’s record-breaker, coupled with Trimble’s impressive play through three quarters, almost led to a perfect night. But a Gallatin County fourth-quarter rally forced the Raiders to settle with just the individual accomplishment.
“When I was freshman I was like, there is no way I was going to get it,” Webster said. “As it got closer I got kind of anxious, but I’d take a win over the record any time.”
Trimble County High School has not kept scoring records throughout its history and it was only through the efforts of The Madison Courier and local sports historian Travis Calvert, a Trimble graduate, that any totals were located and compiled. As a result of that research, it was discovered that Matt Roberts held the career scoring mark with 1,523 points in 2006, just five points more than former Raider standout Tony Jett.
With Roberts’ total in mind, Webster began putting himself into position for the record last year as a junior. Despite a slow start to this season, he was able to reach the mark with two weeks left in the season.
“It means a lot but without my teammates and coaches, it wouldn’t have happened at all,” Webster said. “I’ve got the best teammates and coaches in the world.”
“A lot of what happens this year isn’t about winning and losing. You’re not going to remember what your team record is five years from now. It’s the experiences along the way, that’s where the magic is,” said Trimble coach Marcus Mumphrey, himself a career scoring leader at Carroll County. “Our underclassmen getting so see something like this, I really think it’s something to grow from.”
Webster’s record-setting bucket was his first of the game ­— he came in just one point shy of the mark — and helped kick-start a run that seemingly put Trimble in the driver’s seat.
Trailing 13-10 at the time, Webster pump-faked, stepped to his left, and drained the mid-range jumper to pull Trimble to within one point. Gallatin County immediately stopped the game with Gallatin coach Jon Jones presenting Webster the game ball.
“That says a lot of coach Jones right there. To stop the game and award a visiting player, that’s all class,” Mumphrey said. “He didn’t have to do that. I’m a big coach Jones fan.”
The ceremony didn’t stop Trimble’s momentum; instead, it amplified it. Webster followed with another basket to put the Raiders ahead and a 3-pointer by Ryan Long put Trimble up by four. A 10-2 run that was capped by a Webster trey at the start of the second quarter then pushed the lead to 20-15.
Trimble County (5-19, 2-3 North Central Kentucky) kept the pedal down and led 32-25 at halftime and 43-32 midway through the third quarter on a Long transition basket before Gallatin finally got its groove back.
The Wildcats (13-13, 5-2 NCKC) began scoring in chunks and quickly ripped into the lead. Gage Ashcroft hit three 3-pointers over the final 12 minutes of the game, Hayden Dickerson added a trey and Gallatin had four three-point plays over the span to finally surge ahead, 61-60 on an Ashton Gullion basket with 5:21 to play.
Gallatin’s lead eventually reached eight (73-65) before Trimble mounted one final run, pulling to within three at 77-74 on two Dylan Jennings free throws with 17 seconds to go. But Zach Johnson hit two free throws on the other end for Gallatin and Trimble, now out of timeouts, could only muster a Cameron Blackaby basket right before the final buzzer.
Mumphrey was disappointed to get the loss, but proud of the way his team battled.
“For me, personally, it’s really hard to hold onto anything when we lose, but I’m really proud of the guys. They all played so much better collectively,” Mumphrey said. “The plan that we had for Gallatin County really worked it was just some defensive breakdowns. It’s not that we shot the ball bad or taking crazy shots, it was just a few defensive letdowns. In my opinion, that was the key to the game.”
Long finished the game with 16 points to lead Trimble while both Webster and Jennings had 14 points and Beau Turner scored 11.
Jamin Rassman, Gallatin County’s do-everything point guard, scored 31 points to lead all scorers while Ashcraft hit six threes and finished with 18 points.
Trimble returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Owen County as part of a boys-girls doubleheader. The Raiders then head to Bellevue on Monday.
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THURSDAY’S BOYS GAME
at Warsaw, Ky.
GALLATIN CO. 79,
TRIMBLE CO. 76

TRIMBLE 17 15 21 23 — 76
GALLATIN 15 10 23 31 — 79

TRIMBLE CO. (5-19, 3-2 NCKC) — Long 16, Jennings 14, Webster 14, Turner 11, T. Ogburn 7, Cissell 4, Petty 4, Wilcoxson 4, Blackaby 2.
GALLATIN CO. (13-13, 5-2 NCKC) — Rassman 31, Ashcraft 18, Dickerson 8, Riddle 6, Johnson 6, Dossett 3, Gullion 3, McAllister 2, Brinker 2.

3-Point Goals — Trimble Co. 3 (Long 1, Webster 1, Wilcoxson 1), Gallatin Co. 9 (Ashcraft 6, Dickerson 2, Dossett 1). Turnovers — Trimble Co. 15, Gallatin Co. 10. Total Fouls — Trimble Co. 21, Gallatin Co. 17. Free Throws — Trimble Co. 11-19, Gallatin Co. 11-23. Fouled Out — Trimble Co.: Cissell.