The Lady Wildcat head coach did find some positives after Trigg County survived Providence 39-26 Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Gym.
The win moved the Lady Wildcats to 2-0 for the first time in three years.
"It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take the win. That’s all that matters," Breckel said.
Saturday’s game was moved from 6 p.m. to a 4 p.m. tipoff to accommodate the Cadiz Christmas Parade route that passes the school. As a result, less than 100 people were in attendance at the game, the concession stand was closed, and there was no radio broadcast of the game.
"It was hard for them to play an actual game in an empty gym. It just threw us out of sync," Breckel said.
The Lady Wildcats simply wore Providence down, forcing 24 second half turnovers and 42 for the game. Trigg County took advantage, scoring 26 points off Lady Bulldog miscues.
Trigg had 23 steals, led by Felicia Crenshaw’s nine. Crenshaw scored ten of her team-high 16 points after halftime to lead the way for the Lady Wildcats.
The game stayed close through three quarters and featured four ties and eight lead changes before Trigg County scored 18 of the game’s final 20 points.
Providence led 16-15 at halftime as Trigg County found itself in foul trouble. Starters Crenshaw and Laquisha Boyd each picked up two fouls in the first quarter, but Providence couldn’t take advantage. They shot 5-of-14 (36%) from the line in the half and 5-of-17 (29%) for the game.
Added to Trigg’s misery was a 2-for-22 (9%) shooting clip in the second quarter when Providence outscored them 8-5.
Providence led 22-21 before the Lady Wildcats scored nine points in the final 57 seconds of the third quarter.
Crenshaw’s steal and bucket gave Trigg a 23-22 lead, but Samantha Long’s layup at the other end put Providence back ahead 24-23 with 49 seconds left.
After a Crenshaw layup, Davida Braxton followed with a steal and bucket for a 27-24 lead with 16 seconds left.
Trinity Wortham’s 3-pointer from the left wing at the horn gave the Lady Wildcats a 30-24 lead heading into the final quarter.
Trigg continued to add to their cushion in the fourth quarter where they upped their run to 14-0 on a Molly Walters layup with 3:19 left for a 35-24 Lady Wildcat lead.
Walters scored seven points and added a career-high 13 rebounds.
Kateisha Broady’s short jumper with 3:03 left in the game proved to be the last points for Providence, who scored two buckets over the game’s final 10:32.
Broady had a Herculean effort for Providence, scoring 16 points and grabbing 21 rebounds.
Providence did outrebound Trigg 56-48, which gave them a 17-6 advantage in second chance points. However, the Lady Wildcats outrebounded Providence 24-10 in the fourth quarter alone.
Trigg County fired 84 shots toward the basket in the contest, connecting on just 17 (20.2%). Providence was 10-of-56 (18%).
The Lady Wildcats have now won ten straight games over Providence dating back to 1997 and lead the all-time series 27-16.
Trigg County returns to action Friday night at Caldwell County for their Fifth District opener. The game is part of a boy/girl doubleheader and expected to tip-off at 6 p.m.