Give Trigg the win and give the assist to Fort Campbell
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
Jan 31, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although there is no such statistic as a team assist, Bill Chumbler could have awarded one to Fort Campbell after Trigg County’s semifinal game in the All-A Classic Second Region Tournament.

When both Trigg and Providence showed up ready to play in road black uniforms, the Wildcats – the designated home team – found themselves in a predicament.

That’s when Fort Campbell came to the rescue, and Trigg County took care of business on the court, blasting Providence 115-32.

Because the Wildcats needed light colored uniforms, Chumbler asked Falcon head coach Amy Gammons for a favor – and 15 white Fort Campbell uniforms.

“Me and her father go way back, and we’re lucky Fort Campbell let us use their uniforms,” Chumbler said.

Fort Campbell lost the night’s first game 95-64 to University Heights and then gave the Wildcat players their white, game-worn jerseys for the nightcap.

When the team realized the mistake, Chumbler asked the host school Dawson Springs if they could wear their uniforms to counter the mistake.

“Dawson told us their players took their uniforms home. It was a serious situation, and we could have forfeited the game had Fort Campbell not helped us out,” he said.

Once the uniform situation was worked out, the Wildcats quickly dispatched of the Bulldogs who were encountering problems of their own.

Bulldog guard Steven Hutcherson, who scored 42 points in Providence’s first round win over Crittenden County three days earlier, was suspended from school and did not play against the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs missed him as Trigg County scored the game’s first 16 points and were never seriously threatened.

The Wildcats led 24-8 after one quarter, and scored 38 points in the second frame for a 62-17 halftime lead.

Rodney Davis scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the second quarter alone as the Wildcats missed tying the record for points in a quarter by one.

Trigg County shot 16-of-22 (72-percent) from the floor in the quarter and used runs of 14-0 and 13-0 to break the game wide open.

“That start was very important. We didn’t want to come out and struggle early. No one came in and played bad for us all night,” Chumbler said.

Eleven of the 12 Wildcats who played reached the scoring column, and six were in double figures.

In addition to Davis, Jeremy Jones (17), T.J. O’Hara (13), and Jamaal Boyd (10) were starters who reached double-figures in scoring. Jonathon King (15) and Stephon Smithers (13) also recorded career-highs off the bench as the Wildcat reserves scored a season-high 45 points.

Despite never pressing and playing a zone defense, the Wildcats forced 21 turnovers that led directly to 31 points.

“We worked hard on our 1-3-1 zone, and did a good job with it,” Chumbler said.

Trigg wasn’t shabby on offense either, hitting 48-of-82 shots for 59-percent, including an impressive 11-of-14 (78-percent) from 3-point range.

The 115 points tied the school record set in 1997 and the 83-point margin of victory shattered the old mark of 61 which was tied against Lyon County earlier this season.

Trigg’s 48 field goals also tied the school record set in 1964 against Fredonia.

Providence (3-11) didn’t have anyone score more than nine points and shot just 19-percent from the field.
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