UHA stuns Lady Wildcats 53-42 in All-A Region Tournament
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University Heights used a 17-4 second half run to surprise Trigg County and notch a 53-42 win Monday in the first round of the girls’ All-A- Second Region Basketball Tournament at Wildcat Gym.

The Lady Blazers (3-9) advance to Thursday’s semifinals where they will face Livingston Central, a 70-53 winner of Crittenden County Monday.

Jasmine Coleman, a transfer from Hopkinsville High, scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead UHA to their first-ever win in the small school tournament.

"We just didn’t play any defense in the fourth quarter, and UHA had several coast-to-coast buckets because we failed to get back," said head coach Amy Breckel after the Lady Wildcats fell to 4-11 on the season.

The Lady Wildcats could not get their offense going against UHA’s 2-3 zone defense. Trigg shot just 25-percent (15-of-61) from the field and were outrebounded 42-41 by the smaller Lady Blazers.

"We didn’t go after our missed shots and just didn’t rebound well," Breckel said, referring to Trigg’s 12 second chance points.

Trigg County built a 14-7 lead in the first half but ran into early foul trouble, which allowed UHA to outscore the Lady Wildcats 12-7 to end the first half.

The game was tied at 23, 25, 27, and 29 in the third quarter before UHA began their decisive 17-4 run to take control of the contest.

Elizabeth Bressler buried a 3-pointer to give UHA a 36-29 lead. Felicia Crenshaw answered with a pair of buckets sandwiched between a UHA score to bring Trigg to within 38-33 with 6:37 left.

But Trigg would go scoreless over the next three minutes, while UHA ran off eight straight points for their biggest lead of the night at 46-33 with 3:18 left.

Trigg got no closer than seven points the rest of the game.

"We just didn’t play our game, and fell into what they were playing. I just didn’t think our effort was there tonight," Breckel said.

Crenshaw led Trigg County with 12 points, while Laquisha Boyd added nine points and 12 rebounds.

Davida Braxton knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points, and Brandy Blakeley had four points and 11 rebounds.

Bressler joined Coleman in double figures with 13 points, and Meera Patel added ten.

UHA shot 40-percent (23-of-57) from the field, but was an even 50-percent in the second half when they outscored Trigg County 34-21.

The Lady Wildcats return to action Tuesday at Providence as part of a girls/boys doubleheader.
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