Wildcats ground Rockets in district matchup, fall in OT to Fort Campbell
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
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The Trigg County Wildcats burst out of the 2009-10 gate with a solid first quarter against Fort Campbell last Tuesday. After struggling the rest of the way in that contest to a 78-76 overtime loss, the ‘Cats recovered with two solid efforts – a 49-42 5th District win Friday at Crittenden County and a tough 92-80 loss Saturday at Union County.

CADIZ – Trigg outran Fort Campbell early in the season-opener, leading 25-8 late in the first quarter. The Falcons’ defensive switch at that point stymied the ‘Cats and led to a 36-13 run that put Trigg behind 44-38 midway through the third quarter.

The Wildcats fought back, and the score was tied eight times and changed hands on six occasions before Fort Campbell finally put the game away thanks to a layup with five seconds left in the extra frame.

“I thought we played really, really poorly,” Trigg head coach Mike Wright said. “We missed about eight layups in a row in the first half against their press, we couldn’t buy an outside shot, we missed a ton of free throws. We tried hard for most of the game, we just played very poorly.”

Wright was just as quick to credit the final score to the play of Fort Campbell’s team, which was missing a few players as the football Falcons were preparing to win their third straight state title.

“They had about half a team, and that half a team played really well,” Wright said.

Jalik Alexander led Trigg with 26 points, followed by Zeke Wright with 19 and Jaylan Mount with a double-double – 10 points, 18 rebounds.

MARION – The ‘Cats got out to a slower start against district rival Crittenden, but when they took a 6-4 lead on a three-pointer by Wright, they never relinquished control of the scoreboard.

Trigg’s largest lead was at 44-30 after a free throw by Mount. The Rockets never got closer than five the rest of the way.

“I thought we played really well for most of the game,” coach Wright said. “We hit the basket really well. Their zone did not bother us. Fort Campbell’s didn’t bother us either, we just didn’t make our shots that night. Our man-to-man worked really well.”

Wright led the way with 18 points, and Alexander and Mount each netted 11.

“We had 10 kids dress tonight; nine played, and every one of them contributed something positive,” Wright said.

MORGANFIELD – Trigg played an exciting run-and-gun game at Union County and cut a 16-point Brave lead to four midway through the fourth quarter but couldn’t continue the comeback. The teams combined for 63 points in the third quarter.

“I was extremely proud of our effort tonight,” Wright said. “We played a tough Union County team on the road, and we played our hearts out. We did a great job offensively, and there’s a reason we gave up 92 points. The main reason is, we forced it to be a fast game, but we had to play fast to catch up. ”

Alexander (29 points) and Wright (28) were the only Wildcats to score in double figures. Mount and Chris McKenzie each scored eight.

Three games into the season, Wright said the ‘Cats need to continue to improve defensively.

“We’ve got a lot of room for improvement,” Wright said. “The ceiling is high for us. I think we’ll be a team that gets better as the year goes along.”

Trigg was set to play host Tuesday to Caldwell County (results unavailable at press time). The ‘Cats play their second district game of the season Friday at Livingston Central before hosting a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader next Tuesday against Community Christian Academy.
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