Late surge sends Wildcats past Lyon County 63-46
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Trigg County used a 14-1 run to start the fourth quarter and ended Lyon County’s hopes of an upset with a 63-46 win Jan. 13 at Wildcat Gym.

The run was keyed by the defensive presence of a familiar name – Kenny Ray Turner.

The 6-7 senior, who was Trigg County’s second-leading scorer last year at 16 points a game, saw his first action of the season, scoring four points in nine minutes.

Turner, who originally decided to sit out his senior season so that he could concentrate on qualifying academically for a Kentucky football scholarship next year, joined the team last week after approaching Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler.

"After we talked it over as coaches, we decided to let the team vote on whether to let him come back," Chumbler said.

Turner’s presence in the middle was immediately felt in the fourth quarter as Lyon County went nearly six minutes without a field goal.

Turner’s bucket off a Jamaal Boyd pass gave the Wildcats a 44-42 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Wildcats switched to a 1-3-1 zone that stymied Lyon County and forced turnovers on eight straight Lyon possessions.

Boyd scored four straight points and Jeremy Jones’ second dunk of the night gave the Wildcats a 50-42 lead with 3:28 left in the game.

Zack Wright added four points as the Wildcats finished off their 14-1 run to take a 54-42 lead with 2:13 left.

Trigg County outscored Lyon 23-5 in the fourth quarter, forcing ten turnovers and holding the Lyons to 1-of-6 shooting from the field. For the game, the Wildcats scored 27 points off 17 Lyon turnovers and shot 53-percent from the field.

The final quarter was nowhere indicative of the first three quarters that featured 14 ties and 14 lead changes.

"I still think we were down coming off the loss to Caldwell (two days earlier)," Chumbler said, "but you have to give Lyon credit. They played us hard and had us on the ropes until we switched defenses on them."

Trigg County committed a season-low seven turnovers, but made a season-low eight trips to the free throw line.

Boyd led four Wildcats in double figures with 16 points, while Jones added 15 and seven assists.

T.J. O’Hara scored 12 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, helping the Wildcats out rebound Lyon 24-22.

Wright added 11 points, including a 5-for-6 effort at the free throw line.

Logan Akridge scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the first half, but was held without a field goal after halftime.

Pete Travis added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lyons, who dropped to 3-11 and 0-6 in district play. The Lyons are 0-10 against Second Region teams this year.

Trigg County improved to 11-4 with the win and moved to 3-2 in the district race.

The win was the 750th career coaching victory for Chumbler, who owns a 49-25 record in his third season at the helm of the Wildcats.
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