2005-06 Hoops schedule to feature both the Sweet 16 champion and the runner-up
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Calling Trigg County’s 2005-06 boys’ basketball schedule ambitious may be an understatement.

For the first time in 20 years, the Wildcats will play the defending Sweet 16 state champion and will play the state champ and runner-up for the first time ever.

The schedule, released last week, includes nine home games, eight true away games, and at least six games on a neutral floor.

"It’s a very ambitious schedule to say the least, but in order to get better, you have to play the good teams," Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said.

The Wildcats will play defending state champion South Laurel in the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday December 2.

It will be Trigg’s third straight appearance in the event at Marshall County High School after two previous Thursday night games.

South Laurel is expected to return starters Walt Allen, Jordan Hammonds, and Ty Proffitt, who combined to average 45 points a game in the Sweet Sixteen.

It will mark the third time Trigg County has played the defending state champion and first since 1986 when the Wildcats lost at Hopkinsville 102-51.

Trigg also lost to Earlington 76-70 in the 1967-68 season.

The following Friday, the Wildcats will play runner-up Warren Central in the Blue Chip Classic at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

The next night, the Wildcats will play in the Kentucky Bank Shootout in Lexington against a yet to be determined opponent.

"All three of those tournaments are paying us to play in their events, and the ones in Louisville and Lexington are giving us the hotel rooms, so it’s a win-win for the program," Chumbler said.

The Wildcats will also play in the Fifth-Third Holiday Classic Dec. 26-30 in Lexington, making their second appearance overall in the tournament and first since 1997-98.

Other non-district opponents on the Wildcat schedule include the Nov. 29 home opener with Caldwell County, the first of two games with Trigg’s former district rival that makes the move to the Seventh District next year.

The contest will mark the first time the two rivals have met for a November game.

"We weren’t sure about that game, but we were able to get them in on the schedule and it will be a tough opener for us," Chumbler said of the Tigers, who like the Wildcats return four starters next year.

The Wildcats will travel to Russellville Dec. 6, host Kenwood, Tenn. Dec. 16, travel to Hopkins Central Jan. 6, host Providence Jan. 31, travel to Webster County Feb. 7 and to Fort Campbell Feb. 14 before returning home to host Todd County Feb. 20 and Hopkinsville Feb. 24.

For the first time in Chumbler’s four seasons as head coach, the Wildcats will play a home game in the All-A Second Region Tournament, hosting Lyon County Jan. 23.

The venue then moves to tiny Dawson Springs for the semifinals and finals Jan. 24-28.

The Wildcats will also play in the Borders War Shootout Feb. 11 at Clarksville.

The event usually pits teams from Clarksville against their northern border neighbors from Christian County.

This is the first year Trigg County has been invited to play in the event.

The Wildcat schedule also includes home and away games with district opponents Lyon County (Dec. 13 and Jan. 12), Crittenden County (Jan. 17 and Feb. 10), and Livingston Central (Dec. 20 and Feb. 17).

Trigg County Lady Wildcat Head Coach Amy Breckel is expected to release their 2005-06 schedule later this week.
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