One night after dropping a close game to Hopkinsville, the Lady Wildcats closed out the regular season with a 75-41 loss Saturday at Dawson Springs.
Dawson Springs raced out to a 25-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back, dealing the Lady Wildcats the biggest defeat in the series in four years.
"We were just out of sync. It was tough for us to come back one night after our game at Hopkinsville, and quite frankly, we probably shouldn’t have been playing the game to begin with," said Lady Wildcat coach Amy Breckel.
The game, which came two days before the start of the district tournament, was scheduled before Breckel was named head coach last summer. It will also likely be the last Saturday game in the final week of the regular season.
"That gives us three games in four days, with the last one the most important of the season. Hopefully, we can bounce back," she said.
Dawson’s Ashli Lanham hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter as all five Lady Panthers scored at least a bucket in the quarter.
Felicia Crenshaw scored ten of her 11 points in the first half, but Dawson Springs by that time had built a 37-19 advantage by halftime.
Dawson Springs exploited their advantage at the free throw line in the second half to extend their lead.
The Lady Panthers hit 7-of-10 free throws in the third quarter and were 13-of-18 in the second half.
For the game, Trigg County hit a dismal 5-of-17 and were called for eight more fouls in the game than Dawson Springs.
Dawson led 54-30 heading into the fourth quarter, where their starters remained in the game to score 13 of their 21 points for the final 34-point margin.
Laquisha Boyd led Trigg County with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Molly Walters added eight. Janada Acree added six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Lanham led Dawson Springs with 25 points, with freshman Chelsea Mills adding 18 points.
Dawson Springs has won 14 of the last 15 games with Trigg County dating back to 1997.
Dawson also won the J.V. game 45-17, using a stout advantage at the free throw line.
The Lady Panthers hit 18-of-26 free throws compared to Trigg’s two-of-four. The Lady Wildcats, who got 11 points from Trinity Wortham, were called for 15 more fouls than Dawson Springs.
Trigg’s J.V. team ended their season with a 2-6 record.