The Wildcats (2-0) committed ten first half turnovers against the Charleston press, but had only five after halftime, while forcing the Bluejays into 13 of their 19 miscues after intermission.
"We got after them in the third quarter and did a good job of converting after we forced the turnover," said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler.
Trigg County turned up the heat during a 16-2 run midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats forced six turnovers during the three-minute span while hitting eight straight shots from the field to build a 52-38 lead with 3:54 left in the third quarter.
Charleston missed 13 of their 16 shots from the floor in the quarter while Trigg hit 10-of-23 (44-percent) in outscoring the Bluejays 24-11.
Trigg County led 58-45 heading into the fourth quarter before Charleston answered with a 9-0 run to trim the lead to 58-54 with 6:37 left in the game.
Jamarcus Williams scored five of his 20 points during the run, including a 3-pointer.
However, the Wildcats countered Charleston’s run by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to push their lead back out to 66-56.
Steven Wadlington twice rebounded missed shots and stuck the put backs during the run. The lone senior on the squad came off the bench to score six points and grab nine rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
"Those were huge. Those points may have turned the game for us and helped keep them from getting closer," Chumbler said.
Charleston never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
While Chumbler went with his starters most of the way and only used two subs off the bench, they made their time count as T.J. O’Hara scored six points and grabbed three rebounds during a second quarter stint on the floor.
Trigg’s bench outscored Charleston’s 12-0 in the game.
"Both T.J. and Stevie played well off the bench. I probably should have played T.J. more. I’m still trying to find the right rotation," Chumbler said.
Jamaal Boyd hit 11-of-16 shots and finished with a team-high 24 points to earn game MVP honors.
Jeremy Jones added 23 points, nine rebounds, and six steals, while Russell Mackins had 18 points and ten rebounds.
Trigg County enjoyed a 40-28 advantage on the boards that led to 25 second chance points.
Ashton Farmer, a 6-5 forward that has committed to Arkansas State next year, led Charleston with 25 points and eight rebounds in a season-high 28 minutes of action. Farmer, who didn’t score in the first quarter, has been hampered by a bout of mononucleosis that had sidelined him for the first two games of the season.
Farmer’s slow start has paralleled that of the Bluejays, who are off to a 2-3 start after finishing in the Missouri Class 3A state final four each of the past two seasons.
After losing to Carlisle County in last year’s HoopFest, Chumbler is hoping the Wildcats’ play opened some eyes among western Kentucky fans.
"Charleston is a good club, and that was a huge win for us and the program. We just have to build on that," he said.