The loss dropped Trigg’s record to 3-2 on the season.
With the score tied at 15 near the end of the first quarter, Male outscored the Wildcats 24-8 the rest of the half to enjoy a 39-23 lead at intermission.
“Our 1-3-1 wasn’t working that well for us in the first half so we switched to a man defense in the second,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler. “Even though they have some athletes, we played well against them in the second half.”
Trigg County outscored the Bulldogs 23-14 in the third quarter to cut the Male lead to 53-46.
The Wildcats hit five of their six 3-pointers in the second half, including three by Rodney Davis to pull to within two points with 1:30 left in the game. But Male answered with a couple of defensive stops and some key free throws down the stretch to hold off the Wildcats to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Davis was one of three Wildcats to finish with 19 points, joining Jeremy Jones, who added nine rebounds and six assists, and Russell Mackins, who had 12 rebounds.
Male junior Doug Beaumont scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs, while Forrest Smallwood added 15 points.
The depth of Male may have proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome as nine Bulldogs played ten or more minutes and each scored.
Trigg only played seven players, including Devin Tejada who is still gimpy from a sprained ankle suffered last week against Russellville.
“Devin at 100-percent would have made a difference for us because of what he gives us defensively,” said Chumbler, who added he may sit Tejada out of this week’s Lyon County game to recuperate.
The Wildcats did outrebound Male 37-34, including 13 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second chance points.
Despite returning home to Cadiz with a pair of losses to top 20 teams over the weekend, Chumbler knows they will help the Wildcats down the road.
“We came back strong Saturday after a bad game Friday (against DuPont Manual),” he said. “We have nothing to be ashamed of playing Male the way we did.”
The game was Trigg’s first against Male and second of at least three games with Louisville schools this season. The Wildcats lost to DuPont Manual Friday and play DeSales in the first round of the Fifth/Third Holiday Classic Dec. 26 in Lexington.
Trigg County returns to action Friday at Wildcat Gym against Kenwood High of Clarksville in the first-ever game between the two schools.
The Wildcats play their second of six district games Tuesday at Livingston Central.