Trigg County improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in 5th District play with a 52-48 victory Friday at Livingston Central.
The win kept the ‘Cats’ district mark unblemished heading into Friday’s home contest against Lyon County.
If Trigg is to challenge the Lyons for district supremacy, it’ll take better play than the ‘Cats displayed Friday, TCHS head coach Mike Wright said.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight,” Wright said. “We threw the ball away alot and missed some easy shots, but I liked the way the kids persevered. They continued to make the effort.”
Having an early district advantage despite Trigg’s inexperience says a lot for the players’ effort, Wright said.
“We’ve only got three players that saw a lot of varsity minutes before this season,” Wright said, referring to Jalik Alexander, Zeke Wright and Blake Mitchell. “We got into situations that some of these guys haven’t seen in a long time, and [Livingston] is a tough place to come play.”
Trigg struggled in the first quarter, trailing 10-7 at the end of the frame. All of the Wildcats’ points were scored by Zeke Wright.
Wright scored the first bucket of the second quarter, and a layup by Alexander gave Trigg an 11-10 lead. However, the Cardinals scored eight of the next 10 points and held a 20-18 lead at halftime.
An 11-1 run to start the third quarter – with six of those points scored by Josh Adams – gave Trigg a 29-22 advantage, but Livingston scored the next seven points to tie the score, which was deadlocked at 35-35 at the end of the quarter.
A 10-2 Trigg run to start the fourth gave the ‘Cats their largest lead of the game at 45-37, but the Cardinals used a 9-0 spurt to retake the lead. The two teams then traded baskets until a shot by Alexander with 2:17 left gave Trigg the lead for good.
Zeke Wright finished with 19 to lead Trigg, followed by Alexander with 16 and Adams with eight.
Free throw shooting continues to be a source of frustration for the Wildcats, who are currently shooting 53.7 percent on the season and went 8-for-15 Friday. However, Trigg went 6-for-8 in the fourth quarter, and Alexander was 5-for-6 down the stretch.
“We’ve struggled shooting period, and Jalik struggled with his drives early in the game,” Wright said. “Zeke struggled with his jump shot, and everybody has struggled to some extent. Our defense, when we had to have it, was good.”
Trigg played host Tuesday to Community Christian Academy (results unavailable at press time). After Friday’s game against Lyon, Trigg will host Caldwell County on Monday and play two on Tuesday against Butler County and Dawson Springs.