She showed it to her Lady Wildcats before Thursday’s 5th District Tournament Championshp game against Crittenden County.
“I told them they’d always keep it and remember it,” said Breckel, Trigg girls head coach. “They’ll always remember the night they got to cut down a piece of the net and take it home. It may seem trivial to other people, but to you, it means all the blood, sweat and tears you’ve put into it.”
Then, the Lady ‘Cats cut their own net.
Trigg County entered the district tournament as the No. 4 seed and upset top-seed Livingston Central before taking down No. 2 Crittenden County 51-46 in overtime Thursday.
It marked the first time since 1996 that Trigg advanced to the district final and the first time since 1990 that the Lady ‘Cats claimed the title.
“That’s the best part about it, knowing that we weren’t expected to get past the first round,” said Trigg senior Janada Acree, who led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds. “I always said I wanted to leave Trigg County with my name on something, and I think I have.”
Trigg started slow, falling behind 10-2 midway through the first quarter. Ashley Matlock scored the final five points of the frame to trim the gap to three.
Crittenden led by six early in the second quarter and by five at halftime, but the Lady ‘Cats stormed out to a 7-2 start to the third quarter to tie the game and, after falling behind again by four, made another run to take their first lead on an Acree basket with 1:18 left in the frame.
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