Trigg committed eight turnovers in the first quarter, setting the stage for three quarters of sloppy play. Livingston rode solid outside shooting – 5-for-12 from three-point range on the night – to its largest lead of the night at 45-28 with just under six minutes to go in the game.
Then, the Lady ‘Cats woke up, scoring the next 15 points to cut the gap to 45-43 on a Rachel Want basket with 38 seconds left.
After two free throws by Aneta Sloma, who led Livingston with 28 points, Morgan Parker scored to return the deficit to two. Kayla Moore then hit one of two foul shots with 14 seconds to go. Alyssa Maxey drove the lane and found Want for another score to bring Trigg within one, but the Lady ‘Cats had no timeouts left, and with less than five seconds to go, the Lady Cardinals held the ball without attempting an in-bounds pass.
“The first thing I told them in the locker room after the game was that I know I don’t have a team that quits,” Trigg head coach Amy Breckel said. “They know they’re a good team and that they should win games like this.”
Trigg’s struggles at the free throw line (11-for-20) and in the paint were the big problem again, Breckel said.
“We’ve got to be able to knock those shots down,” Breckel said. “We missed so many right underneath the basket.”
Ashley Matlock scored 15 points to lead Trigg and was joined in double figures by Want and Parker, who each scored 10. Brooke Kearney added eight, including two key three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Trigg has one more chance to find the win column in district play before Christmas when the Lady ‘Cats host Lyon County at 6 p.m. Friday. Trigg also hosts the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Christmas Classic next week, opening play at 6:10 p.m. Monday against Cooper (see schedule on page B6).