Girls take fourth
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor --
Dec 31, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stagnant offensive play prevented the Trigg County Lady Wildcats from finishing better than fourth in the Kentucky Machine & Engineering Christmas Classic last week.

The host Lady ‘Cats opened with a 60-51 over Cooper last Monday before losing 48-39 to McLean County in the second round and 56-43 to St. Mary in the third-place game.

Against McLean, Trigg erased most of an early seven-point deficit when a three-pointer by Audrey Futrell and a basket by Morgan Parker cut McLean’s first quarter lead to 14-12.

However, the Lady ‘Cats failed to score in the second quarter, and a three-pointer to start the third by Kimbra Payne capped a 10-0 McLean run that pushed the gap into double digits at 24-12.

Ashley Matlock scored the next five points for Trigg, and the Lady ‘Cats never let the deficit past 10 points the rest of the way.

Trailing by nine in the fourth quarter, Trigg came within five after back-to-back baskets by Rachel Want, her only four points of the game. A three-point play by Alyssa Maxey with 2:17 left left the Lady ‘Cats behind 36-34, but Brooke Little answered with a three-point play of her own. Trigg never got closer than three the rest of the way.

No Trigg player scored in double figures. Maxey and Matlock each scored nine, followed by Parker with eight, Futrell with six and Brooke Kearney with three.

The Lady ‘Cats had their best performance of the year at the free throw line, making 10 of 11 attempts. Foul shots were still the difference, however, as McLean went 20-for-29.

Against St. Mary, Trigg dominated the first quarter with a 12-3 run, and a three-pointer by Kearney put the Lady ‘Cats ahead with their biggest lead at 15-3 to start the second period.

From there, however, Trigg’s offense stalled, and the Lady Vikings took advantage, outscoring the Lady ‘Cats 53-28 the rest of the contest.

Kearney scored 16 to lead all players, but she was the only Lady ‘Cat to score more than eight, a mark reached by Matlock. Parker added seven, followed by Maxey with six and two apiece by Futrell, Want and Khadijah Grubbs.

Parker missed all of the fourth quarter due to persistent nosebleeds after taking a shot to the head.

McLean County went on to lose 57-39 to Hancock County in the championship round. Clinton County defeated Cooper 53-46 to claim fifth place, and Dawson Springs won the seventh-place game 63-55 over Henry County.

The Lady ‘Cats return to action Tuesday when they host 5th District foe Crittenden County.
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