“They’re quick and physical, and they just played better than we did,” Trigg head coach Mike Wright said. “We had opportunities, but everybody didn’t have their ‘A’ game tonight.”
Trigg climbed back from an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to tie the score at 37-37 with 2:40 left in the third quarter. Zeke Wright hit the tying three-pointer, and an off-the-ball foul gave the ‘Cats possession with a chance to take the lead.
However, Trigg turned the ball over on that possession, and Livingston scored the next five points.
A three-pointer by Austin Woodward put the Cards ahead 47-39 to start the fourth quarter. Deonquez Nance answered from deep for Trigg, and Jaylan Mount’s only field goal followed to bring the ‘Cats back to within three points.
The pivotal play of the game occurred with about five minutes to go in the game, with Justin Loveless on the free throw line and all of his teammates in the backcourt preparing to play defense. Loveless missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Trigg players failed to grab the rebound, and Jonathon Armstrong hit a three-pointer to ignite the Cardinals’ run to end the game.
“We had to play catch-up all night,” Wright said. “We did finally catch up, but we didn’t play with much composure once we did.”
Wright (18 points) and Nance (13) were the only Wildcats to score in double figures. It was the final game in the high school careers of Wright, Jalik Alexander (eight points), Josh Adams (four points, five rebounds), Mitch Rogers (three points, six rebounds), Javin Grubbs and Blake Mitchell.
Trigg shot 33.3 percent from the field (19-of-57) while taking nearly half of their attempts from three-point range (6-of-26). Livingston’s zone defense kept the ‘Cats out of the paint for most of the contest, while the Cardinals moved the ball quickly in the halfcourt to generate close shots. Livingston shot 42 percent on the night (21-of-50) and converted free throws in the second half (16-of-24, including 12-of-16 in the fourth quarter).