Wildcats look to gel at Holiday Tournament
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Trigg County is hoping some more time away from home can get them ready for a busy final three months of the season.

The Wildcats will play in the Marion Round Robin Tournament that begins Monday and continues through next Thursday.

It will be Trigg County’s final road trip before returning home for five straight home games in January.

The Wildcats will take a 5-1 record into next week’s tournament, but will in essence be starting a new season.

Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler’s lineup got a boost when transfer Rodney Davis became eligible to wear a Wildcat uniform last week.

Davis, a 5-8 sophomore guard, played at Martin Westview, Tenn. last year and was named as an honorable mention selection to the Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee team after averaging ten points and six assists as a freshman.

Davis played 17 minutes in Trigg’s win over Heath Saturday, posting a box score of six points, five turnovers, and three assists.

Chumbler said the addition of Davis means more rotations for the Wildcats.

If nothing else, Davis gives the Wildcats a speedy guard who can be a potential press breaker and free Jeremy to play the two-guard, which means he doesn’t get as worn down during the game by being Trigg’s primary ball handler.

That aspect was visible Saturday when Jones scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in the fourth quarter.

"We’ll have several combos we can go with. We can put him at the point and move Jeremy to the two guard and let them play together. We have 15 different offensive sets, and if someone is out of place, it throws everyone out of kilter," Chumbler said.

Jones leads the Wildcats in scoring at 22.7 per game, in addition to topping the team in assists (41) and steals (31).

The junior guard is also approaching a milestone, entering play next week with 924 career points. He needs just 76 to reach 1,000 for his career.

The Wildcats are also getting a healthy dose of scoring from forwards Russell Mackins and Jamaal Boyd.

Mackins is averaging 19.5 points and a team-high 13.2 rebounds. The sophomore had led the Wildcats in rebounding in all six games this year.

Boyd is scoring at a 17.5 per game clip and is second in rebounding at seven a game while shooting 58-percent from the field.

Trigg County will face four of the same five teams they saw in last year’s event, which resulted in a 2-2 trip. Three of the four games were decided by seven points (Trigg won two), and the other was a blowout loss to then undefeated Cairo, Ill. Current Wildcat Russell Mackins had 14 points and eight rebounds in the game against the Wildcats.

This year, the Wildcats may be considered the favorite to win the tournament, which has them playing every team once in the round robin format.

On Monday, the Wildcats will play St. Mary (2-2) in the first meeting between the schools since 2002. Trigg leads the all-time series with the Vikings 4-1. The game will be at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Trigg County will play Lake County, Tenn., a team they beat 63-56 last year. This year, the Falcons are off to a 7-2 start, with one of their losses coming to Fulton County. That game will be at 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats will play Cairo, Ill. at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s game, won by the Pilots 95-54 in what turned out to be Trigg’s biggest loss of the season.

It will be Chumbler’s second game coaching against the Pilots, who he coached for 21 years before leaving for Paducah Tilghman 13 years ago.

On Dec. 30, the Wildcats will play two games. One will be against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at 2:30 p.m., who they lost to 76-69 in overtime.

The 9 p.m. game that night will be against host Marion, who they beat 65-58 in overtime last year.

"We’re going to play some experienced teams, and we have to be on top of our game. We’re going to be playing five games in four games – kind of like a tournament atmosphere. I think the games will be just as close this year," Chumbler said, adding the athletic department will receive $2,000 for attending the tournament.
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