Sophomore guard Melly Heaton scored 28 points and added eight rebounds as Caldwell County beat the Lady Wildcats 56-32 Dec. 10 in Princeton.
The loss was Trigg County’s first in district play, while Caldwell County moved to 2-0 with their 67th consecutive win against Fifth District opponents dating back to 1997.
Heaton scored nine points in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers outscored Trigg 14-2 and built a 25-10 halftime lead.
The Lady Wildcats could only manage two free throws in the quarter and missed all six of their shot attempts.
While Heaton provided the individual heroics, it was the Lady Tiger pressure defense that decided this game by forcing 28 Trigg turnovers. Caldwell turned those miscues into 32 points and took nearly twice as many field goal attempts (63) as Trigg (32).
"When you have that many turnovers, you aren’t going to win the game," said Lady Wildcat head coach Amy Breckel. "We were breaking the press and throwing the ball all over, and we didn’t know where we were throwing it to."
Those turnovers kept Trigg County from capitalizing on cold shooting by Caldwell in the first half.
The Lady Tigers were 5-of-18 (28%) from the field in the opening quarter, but still held an 11-8 lead thanks to 11 turnovers.
"We weren’t getting the ball in the middle of the floor. Instead, we were driving it up the sidelines and trying to dribble through the press," Breckel said.
Caldwell’s cold shooting was further exploited due to Trigg’s zone defense, which dared the Lady Tigers to shoot from the outside, and other than Heaton, with little success.
Caldwell guards Bristyn Prowell, Tiffany Rozwalka, and Miranda Meeks combined to shoot 2-of-21 from the field, including 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc.
But Trigg County was forced to abandon the zone for a man-to-man defense when leading scorers Felicia Crenshaw and Laquisha Boyd ran into first half foul trouble.
When the Lady Wildcats shifted their focus to Heaton, it left teammate Rachel Morris to pick up the slack.
Breaking free on several pick-and-roll plays, Morris scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half and added nine rebounds. Morris and Heaton were the only lady Tigers to score more than four points.
"Our legs kind of gave out at the end and they were able to get their pick and roll going," Breckel said.
Crenshaw scored seven of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter. She added seven rebounds and three steals.
Boyd joined Crenshaw in double figures with ten points and six rebounds.
Brandy Blakeley had four points and a team-high nine rebounds, becoming the third different Lady Wildcat to lead the team on the glass in three games.
Caldwell County outrebounded Trigg by just one 34-33, but had 16 second chance points to just five for the Lady Wildcats.
Neither team put on a clinic at the free throw line, although Caldwell County did top the Lady Wildcats in that category. Caldwell was 10-of-25 (40%), while Trigg hit just 7-of-21 (33%).
The loss dropped Trigg County to 2-1 on the season and 0-1 in Fifth District play.
Caldwell County improved to 2-0 in the district and 2-2 overall.
The Lady Wildcats return to action Friday at Wildcat Gym against Crittenden County. The J.V. game will precede the 7:30 p.m. varsity game.