A 23-1 first half run took care of those worries and propelled the Wildcats to a 69-37 win over the Cardinals Jan. 25 in Smithland.
Trigg County shot over 50-percent from both the field and 3-point range in defeating the Cardinals for the tenth straight time – the longest winning streak over the Cardinals in the 47-year history of the series.
The Wildcats used a 1-3-1 zone on defense to force 16 turnovers and limit Livingston Central to 31-percent shooting from the field.
Jeremy Jones paced three Wildcats in double figures with 17 points, while Jamaal Boyd added 16.
Kenny Turner scored a season-high ten points in just seven minutes of action, while Rodney Davis buried three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
The Wildcats shot 52-percent from the field, including 6-of-11 (54-percent) from behind the 3-point arc.
But Trigg County got the job done on defense, forcing the Cardinals to miss 15 of their first 19 shots from the field.
Ahead 9-8 midway through the first quarter, Trigg County hit seven of their next 11 shots in reeling off a 23-1 run that put Trigg ahead to stay at 32-9.
The Wildcats led 32-11 at halftime and 45-21 after three quarters.
No Livingston player scored more than five points in the game. Leading scorers Tyler Hunter and Jamie Whorton scored three and five points respectively, with Hunter fouling out.
After a sluggish start on the boards that contributed to Livingston getting multiple looks at the basket, the Wildcats outrebounded the Cardinals 30-26, led by T.J. O’Hara’s ten boards.
The 37 points allowed by the Wildcats was the fewest since a 60-34 win over Crittenden County last year and the fewest allowed to the Cardinals ever.
Livingston Central fell to 6-8 with the loss, and barring an upset in the district tournament, it likely marked the final game this season between the two schools.