Good Golly Miss Molly! Walters shoots Trigg into semifinals
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
Mar 07, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Molly Walters heard the chants of ‘Air-ball’ during a tough outing at Hopkinsville Feb. 25.

Three nights later, she heard the cheers from Trigg County fans who watched her almost single-handedly lead the Lady Wildcats to a 55-52 upset of Crittenden County in the first round of the Fifth District Tournament Feb. 28 at Wildcat Gym.

The junior guard scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as Trigg County erased a 13-point deficit with 50 seconds left in the third quarter.

"It kind of got in her head over the weekend, and I had her come in early and shoot by herself before the game. She got warmed up, and it made a difference," said Lady Wildcat head coach Amy Breckel.

The Trigg rally was ignited by a Walters’ 3-pointer just before the end of the third frame that cut the Crittenden lead to 43-33.

After the teams exchanged buckets to start the fourth quarter, Trigg County scored 12 straight points over the next two minutes to erase the Crittenden lead and put them ahead 47-45 with 4:19 left.

Walters hit two straight 3-pointers in the run that was capped off by a Felicia Crenshaw steal and layup.

Crittenden County tied the game at 47 and later took a 48-47 lead on a free throw by Jessie Mathieu with 3:50 left.

Consecutive layups by Crenshaw and Walters gave Trigg the lead for good at 51-48 with 3:19 left.

"I think we got the momentum, and the girls were hungry for the win," Breckel said. "They wanted that win, and it made a difference in the fourth quarter."

Trigg County had their chance to put the game away in the closing minutes but hit just 2-of-9 from the free throw line over the final three minutes.

That kept Crittenden within striking distance, but their own shooting woes handed the game back to Trigg.

The Lady Rockets, who hit seven of their first 12 shots in the second half, missed nine of their last ten, including the potential game-tying shot at the buzzer by Mathieu.

Trigg County shot a consistent 40-percent across the board – field goals (20/50), 3-pointers (4/10), and free throws (11/27).

Walters had all four of Trigg’s 3-pointers on six attempts, helping her to her career-high of 23 points.

Crenshaw chipped in 16 points for the Lady Wildcats to go with six assists. Davida Braxton added six points and seven rebounds.

Trigg County, who had averaged 34 turnovers in their previous two losses to the Lady Rockets this year, had only 21 and scored 23 points off the 19 Crittenden miscues.

Trigg only had four turnovers in the fourth quarter when they shot 50-percent from the field and outscored Crittenden County 22-9.

The Lady Rockets (11-16) jumped out to a 12-9 lead after one quarter and extended it to 31-23 by halftime.

Mathieu led Crittenden with 16 points, while Darah Easley added 11 points.

The win was Trigg County’s fifth in six games in the 4-5 seeded game, while the first round tournament loss was the third straight for Crittenden County, who has not won a district title since 1984.

Trigg County now owns a 7-1 record vs. Crittenden County in the district tournament, including six wins in a row.
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