The teams were even in three quarters, but Trigg County was outscored 15-4 in the second quarter as they went 10:36 without a field goal.
As a result, Livingston Central began the second quarter with a 10-2 run to build a 23-13 lead.
The Lady Cardinals led 28-15 at halftime as Trigg managed just four free throws in the second quarter.
Livingston expanded their lead to 40-25 on a Lagan Johnson bucket with 2:34 left in the third quarter. Johnson, Livingston’s leading scorer at nearly 12 points a game, was held to those two points.
After a bucket by Livingston gave them a 42-30 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lady Wildcats began a comeback that saw them get to within four points.
Molly Walters sandwiched a 3-pointer between a pair of buckets by Felicia Crenshaw as the Lady Wildcats began to chip away at the Livingston lead.
A 3-pointer by Laykn Brooks and a steal and score by Crenshaw pulled Trigg to within 48-44 with 2:16 left.
However, the Lady Wildcats appeared to run out of gas at that point and didn’t score again.
Livingston Central hit 7-of-12 free throws in the game’s final two minutes to seal the win.
Crenshaw scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the second half when Trigg County made their run. The senior guard added six rebounds and three steals.
Brooks scored ten points off the bench, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Livingston Central (2-7, 1-3) got production from their young players a sophomore Samantha Heneissen scored a season-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Kayla Shull added ten points.
Keely Ramage dodged foul trouble to score 13 points for the Lady Cardinals, who shot 45-percent from the field.
Trigg County started slow, hitting just four-of-23 shots (17-percent) in the first half, but stayed close as Livingston turned the basketball over 17 times in the first half and 30 times in the game.
But Trigg had 32 miscues of their own that led to 26 Lady Cardinal points.
The loss was Trigg’s fourth straight in district play this season, having played each team once. Trigg will travel to Smithland Feb. 17.
The win by the Lady Cardinals broke a tie in the all-time series, now led 36-35 by Livingston Central.