Trigg County’s junior forward further tormented his district foe by scoring six straight points during an 11-2 third quarter run that vaulted Trigg County to a 67-52 win over district foe Livingston Central Jan. 20 in Smithland.
Boyd had 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added seven rebounds as the Wildcats improved to 13-4 overall and 5-2 in Fifth District play, guaranteeing Trigg no worse than a #3 seed in the Fifth District Tournament.
In a span of six games over two years against the Cardinals, Boys is averaging 19.3 points and eight rebounds against the Cardinals.
"Jamaal played strong for us inside. It was one of his best games of the year," Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said.
Boyd did most of his damage in the third quarter by scoring ten points, as the Wildcats broke open a six-point halftime lead by outscoring the Cardinals 23-10.
Sophomore Rodney Davis caught fire in the fourth quarter, where he scored ten of his team-high 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Davis scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.
"Our chemistry is getting better with him in there, and he is picking up the offense better," Chumbler said.
Ahead 30-24 at halftime, the Wildcats scored the first eight points of the second half and never looked back.
Boyd scored the first points of the half, and Davis and Jeremy Jones canned 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor to give the Wildcats a 38-24 lead.
Jones finished with 14 points and seven assists on the night.
Livingston cut the lead to 40-30 on a bucket by Tyler Hunter, but the Wildcats ran off nine straight points – two buckets by Boyd and a 3-pointer by Davis included – to take a 49-30 lead with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.
Trigg extended the lead to 24 points at 58-34 before Livingston trimmed the deficit to the final 15 points.
After falling behind 11-7 early, the Wildcats switched from a man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 zone that kept Livingston scoreless for 4:23 of the first half.
In the meantime, the Wildcats ran off 15 straight points with Devin Tejada the main beneficiary of the switch in defenses.
Playing the point on the zone, the junior guard had six steals and scored six points in the game to go along with five rebounds.
"Devin was outstanding for us. He was the difference in the game, because he was so active on defense," Chumbler said.
Livingston finally got on track by going to their center, Tyler Hunter down low.
Hunter, who began the season as a reserve before taking the team scoring lead two weeks ago, scored ten of his 12 points in the second and third quarters to help keep Livingston in the game.
Trigg County shot 50-percent or better in all four quarters and survived a 7-of-9 shooting effort by the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats shot 55-percent (26-of-47) from the field, the second time in three games they have topped 50-percent and seventh time this season.
Livingston Central (6-8) shot 37-percent from the field, and committed 21 turnovers that led to 26 Wildcat points.
The Cardinals did outrebound Trigg 30-21, including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 14 points.
"That concerns me some because the big men got in foul trouble," Chumbler said.
Part of Trigg’s woes on the glass were attributed to the foul trouble of centers T.J. O’Hara and Kenny Turner, who combined for two points and five rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
"Stevie Wadlington played well for us in the middle all night when the other two were out of the game," said Chumbler.
The Wildcats returned to Smithland Tuesday night to play the Cardinals in the first round of the All-A Second Region Tournament.